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Exploitation and abuse is a global phenomenon that exists in most cultures irrespective of material wealth, religion or state ideology. The World Health Organization (WHO) Report on Violence and Health (WHO, 2002) states that about 20 percent of women and five to 10 percent of men have suffered sexual abuse as children. Studies from around the world appear to confirm these figures, although some studies have higher figures (Heiberg, 2001).

1.1 What sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) is

1.1.1 Definitions

1.2 How emergencies affect sexual exploitation

1.3 Why prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse is important in an emergency response

1.3.1 Key concepts of high-level statement of commitment on SEA by UN and non-UN agencies

2.1 Policy at the global level

2.2 Policy at the CARE International Members level

2.3 Policy at the field level

3.1 Minimum requirements for prevention of SEA in emergency response

3.2 Additional suggested actions

3.2.1 Human resources manager/coordinator

3.2.2 Programming/program management

PSEA taskforce

On this site you can explore the subject of protection from sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel of the UN, NGOs and other international organisations. The site includes guidance to help you to perform your duties related PSEA as staff member, PSEA focal point or senior manager. It offers relevant tools and resdources, and it has a helpdesk link.

CHS-Alliance PSEA resources

All CHS Alliance members are required to report on the implementation and monitoring of their code of conduct and their other work on PSEA. The site offers advice and guidance on PSEA as well as capacity building and learning opportunies

IASC Task Team on Accountability to Affected Populations and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (AAP/PSEA)

The IASC TT on AAP and PSEA has collected a wide range of resources including translations of the PSEA principles in over 50 languages.

Building Safer Organisations 2007, Handbook ; Training materials on receiving and investigating allegations of abuse and exploitation by humanitarian workers. ICVA