ECW takes a zero tolerance approach to abuse, exploitation and neglect of children and vulnerable people, and to sexual harassment. Safeguarding practices are an important part of ECW’s operations and ECW-funded grants, with the aim of preventing as well as responding to safeguarding concerns.
As a UNICEF-hosted Fund, ECW applies UNICEF’s Policy on Conduct Promoting the Protection and Safeguarding of Children and its Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment to its personnel and its operations. ECW Personnel are also required to adhere to international civil service standards, including the UN Secretary General’s Bulletin ST/SGB/2003/13 Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.
As part of the grant approval quality assurance process, all prospective grantees (including UN agencies) are required to specify in their grant applications how they manage risks of harm to children, vulnerable adults and the environment. Civil society partner organisations are also assessed under a PSEA assessment framework.
How to report safeguarding concerns
All ECW staff, volunteers, contractors, consultants and grantees must report safeguarding incidents as soon as possible via the email provided on the right, with protection from retaliation afforded under UNICEF’s Policy on Whistle-blower Protection Against Retaliation 2018.
Aid recipients – including children, community members and staff from other aid agencies – can also report safeguarding incidents using the safeguarding reporting channel.
Please report safeguarding incidents connected with ECW-funded programmes or ECW staff, volunteers, contractors or consultants if you have a reasonable suspicion of:
- Sexual abuse and/or exploitation, in-person or online, of a child or adult
- Physical or emotional abuse or neglect of a child
- Discrimination or bullying of a child in connection with an ECW-funded programme
- Sexual harassment