Date and time
9 Jun 2020 | (UK time) 12:00 - 1:00pm

This webinar took place.


Please find the presentation slides at the bottom of this page. 

The webinar explored what the global COVID-19 pandemic means for the changing risks for communities and children and the challenges this presents for organisation’s safeguarding strategies. This was informed by the results of a mapping in East Africa by the Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVPF) across Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya .


Emerging risks for organisations in relation to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse safeguarding was examined and mitigations offered for how prevention and response measures need to adapt to address the safeguarding risks and challenges posed by COVID-19. 

We have also learnt how the results of an assessment on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in quarantine centres hosting migrant returnees to establish a joint complaints and feedback mechanism in Ethiopia.  

To understand more about SEA and how it is defined, see https://safeguardingsupporthub.org/what-safeguarding


Our panelists were:

Lucy Heaven Taylor is a safeguarding specialist with over twenty years experience in the humanitarian and development sector, including as Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) adviser for Oxfam. She now provides consultancy on safeguarding and Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse to NGOs, government, and UN agencies including CHS Alliance, Bond, CARE, and DfID.  Her work focuses on safeguarding prevention, training, and investigations.

Lucy is a member of DFID's safeguarding experts reference group, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee PSEA Technical Experts group, and the UKCDR (UK Collaborative on Development Research) safeguarding experts reference group. Lucy is an Associate Lecturer on the Masters for Emergency and Development Practice at Oxford Brookes University.

Fassil W. Marriam has more than 20 years’ experience working with disadvantaged children, youth, families, and communities. He is the founder and executive director of Children’s Rights and Violence Prevention Fund (CRVPF), a newly established regional intermediary organisation based in Kampala, Uganda. CRVPF provides grants and technical support to Community Organisations and local NGOs to prevent violence and the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and adolescent girls in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.

Prior to founding CRVPF, Fassil initiated the Oak Foundation East Africa grant-making programme and managed a significant funding portfolio across diverse development programmes. Fassil co-founded and was the director of Forum for Sustainable Child Development (FSCE) a local NGO working with vulnerable children and their families in Ethiopia. He also works as the manager of Save the Children-US Urban and Street Children Project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Fassil has a BA degree in Social Work and Master’s degree in Organisation Leadership.

Sylvie Robert is the PSEA Coordinator in Ethiopia. She has experience since the 90s in complex emergencies in the Balkans, the Great Lakes of Africa, Central America and South Asia, as well as in development contexts in East Africa, with specific work on the links between emergency and development.

Over the past two decades Sylvie has specialised in overall Quality, Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA). She has been involved in both single and inter-agency dynamics, as a designer of strategies and programming tools, a capacity-building facilitator, an auditor on the CHS (Core humanitarian Standard) and a network coach, leveraging opportunities for practical implementation. Sylvie is a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Technical Expert Groups on AAP, PSEA and Inclusion. Sylvie works primarily through a people centered approach to identify lessons from the implementation, learn from those and stimulate change, specifically in complex environments.

Please also be advised that this webinar contains content on safeguarding, that some may find distressing.

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