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

ACFID releases its Third Annual Update on implementatin PSEAH

Reporting on progress implementing the recommedations of the independent review to improve the practice and response in the prevention of sexual miscound, ACFID releases it’s Third Annual Update. Read the update for a statement from the ACFID Board, a snapshot of implementation acheivements from across the sector, and a full progress report against all 31 recommendations from the 2018 independent review.

Update from the ACFID Safeguarding Community of Practice August meeting

At its August meeting, the Safeguarding Community of Practice welcomed Megan Jones from World Vision as a new co-convenor. Megan joins Oxfam’s Jody Kelly in convening the CoP.

The CoP also heard updates on safeguarding projects from across the sector:

Members of the community of practice can view the session recordings via the Collaborate platform. To become a member, contact [email protected].

ACFID joins the Trust Alliance


ACFID has formalised its membership of the Trust Alliance, a group of non-profit, academic and technology organisations working together to develop an useful and ethical digital identity ecosystem. The Trust Alliance provides a platform for its members to identify use cases, advocate for the uptake of decentralised identity, and co-create shared standards and open source tools. For more information about the Trust Alliance visit

Update from the ACFID Safeguarding Community of Practice April meeting


The April meeting of the ACFID Safeguarding Community of Practice featured a packed agenda of information sessions and peer-to-peer learning, including:

  • Update from the Trust Alliance on their work on NFP sector digital credentialling
  • Progress update from DFAT on their safeguarding policy review
  • Workshop session exploring suitable reporting mechanisms for INGO staff
  • Presentation on the newly launched Community Based Safeguarding Visual Toolkit

Members of the community of practice can access the recordings of all the meeting sessions. To become a member, contact [email protected].

PSEA Country Mapping of Known Content, Legislation, Reporting and Referral Pathways


Developed by the ACFID Safeguarding Community of Practice, these resources map the PSEA context, relevant PSEA legislation and available reporting and referral pathways for SEA in  Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu. The resources are thanks to the collaborative contributions of Act For Peace, Anglican Overseas Aid, Australian Red Cross, AVI, Oxfam Australia and Plan International Australia.




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.