Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse

This page provides a home for ACFID’s work, news, guidance and resources on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). ACFID is committed to supporting our members to collectively improve their practice, culture and leadership on PSEA, and we are accountable to our commitment to leadership for change.


In 2018, ACFID commissioned the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) to conduct an independent review into sector wide practice in relation to the prevention of sexual misconduct. The review resulted in a report outlining recommendations for strengthening sector-wide practice and culture in relation to PSEA. ACFID is implementing the recommendations and has made it a key focus for the organisation and the sector.

The VIFM final report can be downloaded here.

What's New

Second Annual Update Published


ACFID has published the second annual update on the recommendations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual misconduct. 

'Introduction to Safeguarding' eLearning course 


The new ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ eLearning course is now available via Created in collaboration with the ACFID HR Managers Community of Practice, ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ is a free online course for anyone working in the development sector. Providing a foundational understanding of safeguarding – including child safeguarding and PSEAH – ‘Introduction to Safeguarding’ is highly recommended for all staff and related personnel of ACFID members.

'Safeguarding with Partners' learning event summary

The ‘Safeguarding with Partners’ learning event brought together individuals and organisations from across ACFID’s diverse membership. It was an opportunity for frank and open discussion about the challenges we’re facing, for sharing our successes and stories of good practice, and for productive dialogue on opportunities for collaboration. Read the insightful presentations from CARE Australia, Oxfam Australia and Anglican Overseas Aid.

Safeguardingwith partners event - Melbourne 3 March

ACFID will host a panel of selected members who will come together to talk about how they have approached their partnerships with this (new) requirement, the challenges they have faced, and lessons learned from the field and from understanding how PSEA measures play out in different contextual environments. Register now.




Read the independent review on the prevention of sexual misconduct.Read ACFID’s cross-sector plan to strengthen practice and culture.Read the latest annual update on our progress against the recommendations.


Improve practice in your organisation with our PSEA toolkit.

Jocelyn Condon is ACFID's Director of Development Effectiveness and leads ACFID's work on PSEA. Contact her directly here.