Key Inter-Agency Tools for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

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Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) is a cross-cutting focus of the IASC and its supporting structures, and a standing agenda item at every IASC meeting. The below tools and documents are key resources to support you to incorporate PSEA into your work.

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The IASC Six Core Principles Relating to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse are an agreed minimum standard for all humanitarians to protect affected persons. They have been translated into 100 languages, to make sure that they are accessible to as many humanitarian workers and affected populations as possible.

IASC Global Standard Operating Procedures on Inter-Agency Cooperation in Community-Based Complaint Mechanisms (CBCM). These Global SOPs, endorsed in 2016, provide technical guidance on how agencies can coordinate complaint referrals while operating an inter-agency CBCM. The SOPs cover how to receive, assess, refer, and follow-up on complaints between agencies in line with diverse confidentiality and data protection policies.

The IASC Best Practice Guide for Inter-Agency Community-Based Complaints Mechanisms provides operational guidance on how to set up and run an inter-agency community-based complaint mechanism to handle reports of sexual abuse and exploitation by aid workers. It compiles lessons learned, examples, and case studies.

Generic Terms of Reference for In-Country PSEA Coordinators for use by HCTs and HCTs for recruiting dedicated inter-agency PSEA Coordinators. This is part of IOM's initiative to support the recruitment of PSEA Coordinators.

The PSEA Task Force website contains information and resources for staff, focal points, and managers to support your obligations and responsibilities to prevent PSEA and Abuse.

This article is an extract from the Key Inter-Agency Tools for Accountability and Inclusion; tools to help you improve your response, by better tailoring it to the needs of the communities that you work with.