USAID’s Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP), Child Safeguarding policies, and related requirements exemplify our commitment to safeguarding. Taken together and applied effectively, these frameworks can strengthen safeguarding and protections across our programs for vulnerable populations.

The Partner Toolkit provides additional guidance and tools to our implementing partners around specific safeguarding issues. The Toolkit does not supplant USAID’s Automated Directives System (ADS) requirements or the terms and conditions in implementing partner contracts and grants. Implementing partners should make sure to regularly consult their safeguarding-specific award requirements to ensure compliance.

The Partner Toolkit is composed of three sections, each devoted to a specific safeguarding area: (1) PSEA, (2) Child Safeguarding, and (3) C-TIP. In addition to USAID-specific guidance, the Partner Toolkit includes references to external safeguarding resources that may be of assistance to our implementing partners as they seek to implement effective safeguarding regimes.

The Partner Toolkit is intended to be a living tool, which will be updated periodically in response to conversations with our implementing partners and the broader international community, in line with best practices around collaboration, learning, and adapting (CLA). Please contact with questions, comments, or suggestions.


Part 1: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 

Section 1: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Prevention

  1. USAID: Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy

  2. USAID: Fact Sheet: Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

  3. PSEA Implementation Considerations One-Pager

  4. USAID PSEA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  5. Interaction: No Excuse for Abuse Video on IASC Six Core Principles (available in multiple languages)

  6. USAID SEA and Sexual Harassment Standard Provision (Cost-Type Agreements): Public International Organizations

Section 2: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Response

  1. Flowchart: Reporting Safeguarding Violations Related to USAID's Programs

  2. CHS Alliance: Guidelines for Investigations

Section 3: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Coordination

  1. OECD-Development Assistance Committee Recommendation on Ending Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment in Development Co-operation and Humanitarian Assistance: Key Pillars of Prevention and Response

  2. Safeguarding Summit: Commitments

  3. Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub

Section 4: Sexual Exploitation and Abuse Best Practices and Learning

  1. InterAction Online Trainings: SEA 101 and Management of SEA Investigations

  2. InterAction SEA Course Materials: PSEA Basics [PDF]; Reporting Systems [PDF]; Community Based Complaints [PDF]

  3. IASC Six Core Principles on SEA (2019)

  4. IASC: Minimum Operating Standards on PSEA

  5. Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability [PDF]

  6. CHS Alliance: PSEA Implementation Quick Reference Handbook

  7. Translators Without Borders: Six Core SEA Principles Translations

  8. Roadmap to Employment Accountability

Part 2: Child Safeguarding

  1. USAID Child Safeguarding FAQs and Best Practices

  2. USAID Child Safeguarding External Resources

  3. Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity: A U.S. Government Strategy for International Assistance

  4. USAID Child Safeguarding Clauses (Contracts)

  5. USAID Child Safeguarding Provisions (Grants): Fixed Amount Award Recipients: U.S. NGOs and Non-U.S. NGOs and Fixed Amount Award Recipients

Part 3: Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP)

  1. USAID Counter-Trafficking in Persons Policy

  2. USAID C-TIP Fact Sheet and Policy One Pager

  3. USAID C-TIP Standard Operating Procedure

  4. USAID Guidance on Implementation of the C-TIP Code of Conduct

  5. USAID C-TIP Field Guide

  6. USAID C-TIP Provisions (Grants): U.S. NGOs and Non-U.S. NGOs and Fixed Amount Award Recipients

  7. USAID C-TIP Clause (Contracts)

  8. Integration of C-TIP into other Sectors

  9. OMB Anti-Trafficking Risk Management Best Practices & Mitigation Considerations


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