In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the need for organisations to safeguard their staff and the communities with whom they work from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment (SEAH). Being a safe organisation, however, is not just a compliance issue. All organisations face the risk of SEAH.

Creating safe workplaces contributes to staff being more productive, innovative and better able to achieve the organisation’s objectives. Assessing and mitigating risks that your organisation might present to communities, contributes to better quality programmes and improved outcomes.

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Want to learn more about addressing safeguarding risks?

We have selected a few resources which will help you address SEAH risks in your organisation.

Want to know about good practices for addressing safeguarding risks and how these good practices relate to global safeguarding standards?

Read this Summary Brief: International Standards on Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment and use this How-to Note on Applying Global Standards.

Want to address safeguarding risks in your different programme areas? 

Read Safeguarding Risks and Strategies in Programme Thematic Areas.

Want to design and deliver programmes that address safeguarding risks for children specifically? 

Read pages 16-18 for an overview of a risk assessment process in the Child Safe Programming Guidelines. You will learn how to conduct a risk assessment and what risk areas to consider.

Want to understand how to better address risks of sexual harassment of staff? 

Read pages 16-23 from Managing Sexual Violence against Aid Workers. This lists risk factors for sexual harassment in the workplace and guides you on how to develop a risk assessment.

Want good guidance on setting up a complaints mechanism that can receive reports of SEAH? 

Read pages 15-17 of this Regional Inter-agency Community-based Complaint Referral Mechanism from the Americas.

Want guidance on indicators you can use to measure whether safeguarding risks are being addressed? 

Read this PSEAH Index which has indicators you could adopt or adapt.

Do you know the differences and similarities between gender-based violence (GBV) and SEAH in international development and humanitarian work? Read our Bitesize to get a simple and succinct overview of the two areas of work. 

Are you confident that your organisational safeguarding risk assessment covers all key areas of risk? Why don’t you compare your risk areas with those that our Nigeria team and contributing organisations have identified as relevant for organisations in Nigeria. Download the Safeguarding (or SEAH) risk assessment and management tool.