What is PSEAH?

RDI Network
October 2021
4 min read

The combination of policies, procedures and other measures that a development organisation adopts to address the issues of sexual misconduct are collectively known as prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (PSEAH). 
PSEAH works to ensure that organisations provide safeguards against sexual misconduct for all who have contact with them. They also create an organizational environment that makes it safe for those affected to come forward and report incidents and concerns, and be assured that these complaints will be handled sensitively and properly.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) commitment to PSEAH reflects Australia’s international commitments to combatting sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment (SEAH) in the development and humanitarian sector. 
The DFAT PSEAH policy sets out expectations and requirements that apply to all DFAT staff and partners. This includes contractors and downstream partners, in Australia and overseas. It also requires funded partners to have their own PSEAH policy or other documented policies and procedures in place that align with their PSEAH policy.
DFAT has also developed resources to support DFAT staff and partner organisations with the PSEAH Policy. This includes ‘Guidance on assessing the risk of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment’. ‘Guidance on PSEAH Policy non compliance’ is currently being developed.
ACFID has also developed a cross-sector plan to address issues of sexual exploitation and abuse in the development sector based on the recommendations of an independent review of sector wide practice on prevention of sexual misconduct in 2018. Progress against the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Implementation Plan recommendations are reviewed on an annual basis.
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