PSEA Manual 13: Reporting SEA concerns

22 Mar, 2022
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Guideline 13 cover page
Guideline 13 of the IFRC PSEA Manual

It can be very difficult for individuals to report SEA concerns and we know that it can take years for an individual to come forward with an allegation of sexual exploitation or abuse, such as rape or sexual harassment. This is why trust is paramount as well ensuring that enough time is allowed for survivors to heal and recover.

As it is currently the case that many community members will not make a report,
it is important to give volunteers and staff training and access to a safe reporting mechanism. This will help provide the confidence needed to ensure that if they see, hear or feel a concern about sexual exploitation or abuse, they can report it on behalf of community members or colleagues who may feel unable to do so.