Course Materials For Preventing Sexual Exploitation And Abuse

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Course Materials For Preventing Sexual Exploitation And Abuse

InterAction has long supported its membership and the broader humanitarian sector in preventing and responding to the sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries and community members by aid workers.

Since the 2003 issuance of the U.N. Secretary General’s Bulletin on Special Measures for PSEA, the NGO community has been working tirelessly to eradicate all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse by its staff—an especially extreme violation of dignity committed against the community members that NGOs seek to serve through their humanitarian interventions.

We know that SEA remains an underreported and unaddressed problem and we need new approaches if we truly wish to see its eradication from our humanitarian operations. InterAction has undertaken a complete update and revision of its PSEA Basics Training Guide which was first launched in 2013. This new approach consists of three comprehensive Modules:

Module 1: PSEA Standards and Response

  1. Treating People with Respect and Using Positions of Power Responsibly
  2. The Six Core Principles/Code of Conduct (CoC)
  3. Recognizing Prohibited Conduct and Suspicious Behavior
  4. The Reporting Process

Module 2: Prevention of SEA

  1. The Behavior Continuum and Bystander Intervention
  2. Safe Recruitment and Selection
  3. Safe Programming and Risk Management

Module 3: Managing an SEA Investigation

  1. The Investigation Manager’s Role and Key Investigation Principles
  2. Managing Risks in Handling an SEA Allegation
  3. Piecing Together the Steps of an SEA Investigation

In addition to the training materials above, we have produced the No Excuse for Abuse Informational Video, currently available in over 40 languages.

The updated version of InterAction’s PSEA training material adds value to existing content in the sector in two specific ways: 1) by emphasizing the role that power dynamics play in the perpetration of sexual violence and 2) by offering tangible ways by which humanitarian aid and development practitioners can safely and effectively prevent  PSEA at an individual level through active bystander intervention, and at an organizational level through safe recruitment, selection, and programming practices.

InterAction consulted a broad range of stakeholders in multiple interactive sessions to inform this updated package of materials we hope will be widely used and impactful for operational organizations around the world.


Community-Based Complaints Mechanism Workshop

PowerPoint Presentations

Session 1: Introductions and Workshop Overview
Session 2: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse – Principles and Risks
Session 3: Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms
Session 4: Establishing a Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms
Session 5: Recap of Day 1 + Haiti Case Study (no PowerPoint for this session)
Session 6: Case Studies – Lessons Learned
Session 7: Receiving and Documenting Complaints and Referral Mechanisms
Session 8: Implementing a Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms
Session 9: Wrap-up, Recap and Workshop Closure

Workshop Handouts

Collaborating and Innovation – Haiti Case Study
Secretary-General’s Bulletin – Special Measures for Protection from SEA
Statement of Commitment of UN and Non-UN entities (NGOs)


Investigations Workshop

Facilitator Guide | Participant Manual

PowerPoint Presentations

Session 1: Introductions and Course Overview
Session 2: Codes of Conduct, Definitions and Core Principles
Session 3: Overview of Investigations
Session 4: Gathering Information
Session 5: KIDAID Case Study (no PowerPoint for this session)
Session 6: Closing the Investigations, Findings, and Report Writing
Session 7: Review, Implementation, and Next Steps

Workshop Handouts

Workshop Agenda
Knowledge Check (without answers)
Knowledge Check (with answers)
KIDAID Case Study
Interviewing – Four Stages of an Interview
Actors’ Notes
Investigation Planning Tool
Investigation Report Outline
Outcome of Investigations


Management of Investigations Workshop

Facilitator Guide | Participant Manual

PowerPoint Presentations

Session 1: Introductions and Workshop Objectives (Experiences and Challenges)
Session 2: Investigations and Risks
Session 3: Managing Investigations
Session 4: Management Responsibilities (Building a Culture of Safety, Audit – IASC Minimum Operating Standards for PSEA, and Next Steps)

Workshop Handouts

Guidelines to Implement Minimum Operating Standards on PSEA (IASC MOS Standards)
Action Planning Worksheet
Investigation Planning Tool
Investigation Report Outline
Managing an Investigation
Outcome of Investigations
Principles of Investigations
Share the Peace Case Study


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