The need for action to protect beneficiaries of humanitarian assistance from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) arose from reports confirming that humanitarian workers had been responsible for acts of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) against beneficiaries. For the Network for Children’s Rights (NCR), beneficiaries are children under eighteen (18) years of age.
Sexual exploitation is defined as an actual or attempted abuse of someone’s position of vulnerability, differential power or trust, to obtain sexual favours, including but not only, by offering money or other social, economic or political advantages, including trafficking and prostitution. Sexual abuse means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force, or under unequal or coercive conditions. It includes sexual slavery, pornography, child abuse and sexual assault. PSEA policies and practices aim to end sexual exploitation and sexual abuse by workers in the humanitarian sector and ensure that
allegations of SEA are responded to in a timely and appropriate manner.
Through proven work in advancing and protecting the rights of children, NCR recognizes the importance of adopting PSEA policies in organizational operations, since children are particularly vulnerable to experience sexual abuse and exploitation. Given that NCR offers services to migrant, refugee and unaccompanied children, as well as children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, an added level of protection against mistreatment is imperative and further affirms the association’s committed to protecting children of all communities from sexual exploitation and abuse.
The purpose of the PSEA Framework, including the policy, procedures and resources, is to establish a clear framework and concrete procedures for preventing, reporting and resolving any incidents of SEA. This policy ensures that all of NCR’s staff, associates, volunteers and partners are aware of their role and responsibilities in keeping children and all relevant stakeholders safe from any form of sexual exploitation or abuse. The policy offers definitions and sets clear responsibilities regarding prohibited behaviour and how to report and respond to SEA allegations, and the associated PSEA procedures outline the reporting and investigation processes.
Read the full PSEA Policy here.
In an effort to provide better services to our beneficiaries and to protect their rights when they are on our premises, we have created a complaints mechanism.
The complaints mechanism consists of feedback and complaint forms, which you can submit completely anonymously. These forms are available to anyone who has participated in NCR’s programs or actions services, as well as parents or guardians.