Introduction and Preamble
CARE International (CI) places human dignity at the centre of its relief and development work. At the
heart of CARE’s efforts to impact poverty and social justice is its engagement with marginalised
communities, and vulnerable adults and children.
Vulnerable adults and children are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse. This policy
defines CARE International’s commitment to the protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)
of vulnerable adults, involving CARE Employees and Related Personnel. In recognition of the special
vulnerability of children, this policy also affirms CARE’s commitment to the welfare and protection
from sexual exploitation and all forms of abuse of children, involving CARE Employees and Related
CARE International has a zero tolerance toward sexual exploitation and abuse and child abuse. CARE
International takes seriously all concerns and complaints about sexual exploitation and abuse and
child abuse involving CARE Employees and Related Personnel. CARE initiates rigorous investigation of
complaints that indicate a possible violation of this policy and takes appropriate disciplinary action, as
Scope of Application
This policy applies to all CARE Employees and Related-Personnel.