Course Materials For Preventing Sexual Exploitation And Abuse

Sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) of beneficiaries by aid workers is a serious concern for the international humanitarian and development community, and represents one of the most egregious failures of protection. As organizations dedicated to alleviating harm and respecting and honoring the dignity and integrity of everyone, InterAction members have an obligation and responsibility to perform in a manner that is consistent with the fundamental principles of human rights. Given this, we must remain at the forefront of efforts to prevent SEA.

Over the course of three years, through a project funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration, InterAction developed several tools and resources to establish a sustainable policy framework and staff capacity to prevent and respond to SEA at all levels of an organization. The training guides, resources and handouts are available for download below. 

PSEA Basics Training Guide (adaptable for field training)

This training guide was developed to provide NGOs with three simple to use training modules which focus on PSEA fundamentals and can be easily adaptable to many locations. The methodology across the three modules is designed to engage participants through discussions and group work. 

Module 1: PSEA Basics
Module 2: Reporting Systems
Module 3: Community Based Complaints Systems 

Core Resources for All Workshops

  • InterAction Step by Step Guide to Addressing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (June 2010)
  • Secretary-General's Bulletin - Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (ST/SGB/2003/13)
  • Model Complaints and Investigation Procedures and Guidance Related to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation, Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (Draft March 2004)
  • Building Safer Organizations (BSO) Guidelines - Receiving and Investigating Allegations of Abuse and Exploitation by Humanitarian Workers (ICVA)
  • Workshop Evaluation (template)
  • Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Glossary

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 
  • 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

Investigations Workshop

Investigations Reference Materials
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
  • Session 6: Closing the Investigations, Findings, and Report Writing
  • Session 7: Review, Implementation, and Next Steps
Workshop Handouts

Management of Investigations Workshop

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

Enhanced Facilitation Training Workshop

PowerPoint Presentations
Session 1: Introduction and Course Overview
Session 2: Definitions, Principles, and Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms Basics
Session 3: Creating a Safe Environment
Session 4: Applying an Experiential Training Module
Session 5: Tips for Facilitator
Session 6: The Experience - Participatory Activities
Session 7: Anticipated Questions
Session 8: Tailoring the CBCM Modules
Session 9: Facilitation Practice (Part One)
Session 10: Facilitation Practice (Part Two)
Session 11: Developing a Training Plan for CBCM Modules
Session 12: Using others Tools
Session 13: Review of Key Concepts

Follow Up Training

  • Day 1: Facilitation Simulation & Methodology Presentation 
  • Day 2: Facilitation Simulation & Methodology Presentation 

Workshop Handouts