Interim Technical Note | Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse during COVID-19 response
The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled civil society and humanitarian organisations to support government responses to the global health social and economic crisis. This includes ensuring that people are safe from sexual exploitation and abuse while receiving humanitarian aid, including health services and treatment, without abuse or exploitation. Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) must be integrated into the response to COVID-19.
This document provides guidelines for PSEA actions during the COVID-19 pandemic, which should strengthen existing PSEA commitments to protect and assist people receiving humanitarian assistance.
- As with any emergency, PSEA prevention and response should be a central part of coordinated humanitarian action.
- When the humanitarian response scales up, the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse increases. Women and children in particular face heightened protection risks.
- Children are at particular risk of potential harm where school closures interrupt school-based services and interventions for at-risk children.
- Disruption to livelihoods, public services and the freedom of movement can exacerbate SEA.
- Increased Risks
- Recommended Actions
- Reducing risks
- Establish safe ad accessible reporting channels and promote a speak up culture
- Providing support and protection
This document was originally published on the IASC website.