Resource Library

This resource library serves as a tool for InterAction Members to support their efforts on safeguarding in the aid sector.

Please note: most resources on the resource library are open source and do not require registration to access. To access our open-source materials, click the download button next to the resource you would like. If a resource has a lock symbol with the text “Members Only” next to it, InterAction Members can access this resource by logging in or registering. Non-members cannot access these resources and will not be approved when registering.

This library serves as a hub where stakeholders and NGO teams can access resources related to safeguarding. These resources include guidance documents, training templates, and other tools designed to help organizations and NGO staff tackle issues on sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment.

The resource library provides open access to tools and other useful information. It is designed to strengthen the humanitarian and development sector’s capacity to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and abuse.

Only InterAction Members can access the locked content in the Resource Library. If you are an InterAction Member, please register using your work email address. If you would like to explore becoming an InterAction Member, please contact Burt Blanchard at

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Relief International PSEA Network tools

Relief International

These tools from Relief International include: Non-branded Awareness Raising Materials Including: Code of Conduct Posters Staff Reporting Leaflet Focal Point Contact card- all available in PDFs & InDesign format Guidance on Raising Awareness with Communities in Emergencies (PDF) Action Plan Tool for Risk Assessment of Safeguarding in Country Programs (excel)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS): Strengthening Partners in Protection Against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Toolkit

Catholic Relief Services

This toolkit is geared toward national and local organizations. It is primarily designated for use by the 38 national organizations involved in the SPSEA project. It may be of use to PSEA, safeguarding and/or protection focal points, where they exist, or staff in other roles designated to organizational PSEA and safeguarding tasks. It will be of particular use also to senior managers with the overall responsibility for PSEA and safeguarding. It can also be useful for program staff and operational or administrative staff to fulfil the specific PSEA functions related to their roles.

Community Based Safeguarding Visual Toolkit

Habitat for Humanity International, Oxfam International, Wateraid

The community based safeguarding visual toolkit is an adaptable toolkit designed to assist humanitarian and development agencies communicate key safeguarding messages derived from the (IASC) Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse to the communities in which they and their partners work, helping to break down barriers of language, literacy and accessibility. The ultimate goal for this toolkit is to support communities in realizing their rights in preventing sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment by promoting a ‘speak up’ culture. Please take the time to read the user information guide, which provides background information on the development of the toolkit, how it can be used and adapted to suit a wide range of needs, as well as a technical guide. Please note that the toolkit has been released in English, however this will be followed by an increasing number of languages, with support from Translators Without Borders. To access the toolkit, please click on the name of the resource. On the landing page, you will see all of the components of the toolkit linked. Please take some time to go through the links to determine what best fits your needs as an organization.

IASC SEA Community Based Complaint Referral Mechanism

This document provides important information on the Inter-Agency SEA Community-Based Complaint Referral Mechanism in Jordan. It outlines the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the PSEA network, information on the inter-agency referral pathway, guidelines for investigations, and implementation challenges. This document is useful for NGOs that are working in Jordan and would like more information about PSEA measures that are in place. Please note: this document is from 2016 and there has not yet been an updated version.

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Guidelines on Setting Up on Community Based Complaint Mechanism

This document from the IASC gives standard operating procedures on collaboration on community-based complaints mechanisms. It involves advice on setting up a CBCM, receiving complaints, processing complaints, referrals for investigations, and communicating investigation status. Please note that this document is from 2016.

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Reporting Harassment at USAID

This document from USAID provides a flowchart for how internal reports of sexual misconduct are handled at USAID. This document may be useful for organizations looking to develop internal sexual harassment procedures and would like to see how other organizations handle it.

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USAID Staff & Implementing Partner Reporting of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

This document form USAID is a flow chart for partners on how to report an incident of SEA. This document is useful for USAID partners.

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CHS Investigations Guidelines 2015

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CHS SEA Investigation Training

CHS Alliance offers training for SEA investigators. You can find out more information here:

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InterAction: Investigation Planning Tool

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InterAction: Investigation Report Outline

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InterAction: Principles of Investigation

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Office of Internal Oversight Services: Investigations Manual 2015

This document is an investigations manual from OIOS. It is from 2015 and may be out of date, but may serve as a useful reference for organizations looking to learn more about investigations.

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