SEA (Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) Prevention and Investigation

SEA (Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) Prevention and Investigation

This workshop is available as an English In-person workshop.

Sexual exploitation, harassment, and abuse perpetrated by aid workers against the people they have been assigned to serve is one of the most horrific acts of betrayal of humanitarian principles. Equally disturbing is a poor response to allegations of employee sexual misconduct. Organizations seeking to bolster their work in safeguarding must support survivors of abuse and harassment and hold perpetrators accountable.

In this highly participatory workshop, you will learn about effective complaint mechanisms with community input and how to receive and respond to allegations of employee sexual misconduct. Our expert facilitator, a certified human resources professional with extensive safeguarding experience, will provide you with the knowledge on how to effectively plan, manage, and conduct survivor-centered investigations that are objective, fair, confidential, and thorough. You will be guided through the investigation process and will have the opportunity to conduct your own mock investigation. As part of this you will develop an investigation plan, practice interviewing witnesses, determine findings, and develop a final report with conclusions and recommendations. 

What will you learn?

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Understand key safeguarding principles and what it means to be survivor centered
  • Receive and assess an allegation
  • Plan, manage, and conduct a survivor-centered investigation including: reviewing evidence and determining factual findings; utilizing tips and guidelines for interviewing witnesses; writing a final investigation report with conclusions and recommendations; determining disciplinary sanctions and corrective measures
  • Create a ‘speak-up’ culture characterized by trust, respect, safety and, accountability

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for:

  • NGO staff responsible for safeguarding or protection within their organization; staff who may be designated to investigate reports of employee sexual misconduct
  • NGO staff most likely to receive allegations or oversee an employee misconduct investigation
  • Human Resources staff
  • Ethics and Safeguarding staff
  • Compliance staff

If you’re still not sure if this workshop is right for you, feel free to contact us and we can help!

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Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPE)


In-person workshop: CPE credits are not awarded at the end of this workshop.

Professional Development Credits (PDC)


In-person workshop: Successful completion of this workshop awards 26 PDC credits and a certificate of attendance. Humentum is recognized by SHRM to offer SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP professional development credits (PDCs). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit 

Learning Approach

In-person workshop: Humentum’s highly practical workshops always put the learner first. Our expert facilitators will draw on their own vast sector and subject-specific knowledge to ensure our learner experience is as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible. They will share relevant tools, techniques and insights that are immediately transferrable to your own work. You are also actively encouraged to engage in meaningful discussions, hands-on group work, and pose your own specific questions to further enhance your learning. 

Special Offers

Are you looking for ways to ensure your staff have the skills they need to succeed? We are pleased to offer Humentum’s Organizational Training Package, new way to support your team’s learning objectives – now in a flexible and cost savings package.

This package includes the flexibility to select any type of workshop throughout the year, in any language or time zone, and with a discount even lower than the early bird price.  Packages start at a minimum of 10 people. Find out more.

Practice areas

People Development

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