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

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.

ACFID Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the DRC


ACFID has published a media statement on reports of sexual misconduct in the DRC. 

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.



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.