Minimum Standards

In 2010, the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were finalized in September 2012.  Over 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries, including child protection practitioners, humanitarian actors from other sectors, academics and policy makers, were involved in their development.

The CPMS aim to:
-Establish common principles among those working in child protection
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-Improve the quality of child protection programming.
-Improve accountability within child protection work
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-Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
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-Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

Sphere-Project-Logo-Landscape-No-Tagline-RGB-DIGITALThe CPMS are recognized as Companion Standards to the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

CONTACT US: We want to know what you think of the CPMS and how you are using them.  Please use our feedback form or email us at cpmstaskforce@gmail.com with any questions, feedback or news you would like to share.

Guidelines for Translating the Minimum Standards
If you are interested in translating the CPMS into additional languages, please use these Translation Guidelines

All CPMS videos can be accessed on our Youtube channel or with the links below (full download also in audio):
Introduction to the CPMS in English on YouTube/Download (29MB)/Download audio MP3 (7MB)
Introduction to the CPMS in French on YouTube/Download (284MB)/Download audio MP3 (7MB)
How to use the CPMS in English on YouTube/Download (500MB)/Download audio MP3 (14MB)
How to use the CPMS in French on YouTube/Download (500MB)/Download audio MP3 (14MB)

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West Africa Region: CPiE Training of Trainers and CPMS workshop

on November 2nd, 2015

A regional Child Protection in Emergencies Training of Trainers and Child Protection Minimum Standards workshop is planned to take place in Dakar, Senegal. The call for applications will be sent out in the first week of November. For further information, please contact: Susan Wisniewski, sws (at) tdh.ch; Natalie McCauley, natalie_mccauley (at) hotmail.com; Makiba Yamano, makiba_yamano (at) wvi.org

Ethiopia: Finalization of CPMS in Amharic

on November 2nd, 2015

The Amharic translation of the Child Protection Minimum Standards will be finalized in November and December 2015. For more information, please contact: Rocio  Daban, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator UNICEF, raznardaban (at) unicef.org

Niger: CPiE/CPMS Training

on November 2nd, 2015

A Child Protection in Emergencies and Child Protection Minimum Standards training took place in Niger in December 2015. It was organized for members of the child protection working group in-country. If you would like to learn more about the outcomes of the training, please contact: Elizabeth Wardle, Save the Children, elizabeth.wardle (at) savethechildren.org. For further information …

Sudan: Workshop to finalize contextualized CPMS

on November 2nd, 2015

A workshop to finalize the contextualized Child Protection Minimum Standards will be held in Sudan in November. For more information, please contact Sampathi Perera, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF, sperera (at) unicef.org and Hagir Gamal Eldeen, NCCW, hagirgamal17 (at ) gmail.com

Pakistan: Contextualization workshop

on November 2nd, 2015

A contextualization workshop for the Child Protection Minimum Standards will take place in Peshawar in November. For further information, please contact: Farrah Ilyas, filyas (at) unicef.org, Child Protection Officer, UNICEF and Sarah Coleman, UNICEF, scoleman (at) unicef.org

Central African Republic: Dissemination of contextualized CPMS

on November 2nd, 2015

The dissemination of the contextualized Child Protection Minimum Standards will take place in Sango in November. For more information, please contact: Sten Bronee, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator, sbronee (at) unicef.org; Jacques Kachuka, jacques.kachuka (at) savethechildren.org,  Child Protection Sub-Cluster coordinator co-lead;  Justin Kaseke, Justin.kaseke (at) plan-international.org.

Update your knowledge of the CPMS: A one-day workshop

on October 7th, 2015

Seeking to learn more about the various standards? Want to discuss implementation in your context? Looking for guidace on adapting the standards to your setting? Want to learn about CPMS-specific learning tools and other materials? Join us on 11 November for a workshop that will shed new light on how you can use the CPMS …

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Lebanon: Contextualization Workshop (Part 2)

on September 9th, 2015

For more information, please contact: Sazan.Baban(at)savethechildren.org

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Lebanon: Contextualization Workshop (Part 1)

on September 9th, 2015

The CPMS Task Group is organizing a contextualization workshop to be spread over 2x 2-day workshops in October and November 2015. 11 Standards will be contextualized. For more information, please contact: Sazan.Baban(at) savethechildren.org

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Uganda: CPMS Contextualization Workshop

on July 24th, 2015

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Guinea: Workshop on using the CPMS in epidemics

on July 24th, 2015

The national Child Protection Working Group held a workshop on how to use the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in epidemics.

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Lebanon: CPiE Training of Trainers and CPMS Facilitation Workshops

on March 18th, 2015

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Sudan: CPMS Contextualization Workshop

on January 6th, 2015

Child Protection Minimum Standards contextualization workshop in February. Contact: susan.wisniewski@tdh.ch.

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Central African Republic: CPMS Launch and Contextualization Workshop

on October 6th, 2014

The Child Protection sub-cluster, together with Save the Children, Plan International and COOPI are organizing a Child Protection Minimum Standards training and contextualization. The workshop will include a briefing session on mainstreaming. For more information, please contact Charlotte Helletzgruber (chelletzgruber@unicef.org)

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Thailand: Child Protection in Emergencies Training of Trainers

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Kate Mahoney kmahoney.cpms@gmail.com

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Indonesia: CPMS Training, Translation and Contextualization

on October 6th, 2014

6-23 January 2015. For more information, please contact Valentina Manurung (valentina_manurung@wvi.org) and Ali Aulia Ramly (aaramly@unicef.org)

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Afghanistan: CPMS Training

on October 6th, 2014

7-11 December 2014. For more information, please contact David Brickey Bloomer (david.brickey.bloomer@savethechildren.se) and Jean Lieby (jlieby@unicef.org)

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Cross Border, Great Lakes: CPMS Contextualization Workshop

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Lucia Soleti (lsoleti@unicef.org)

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Burundi: Contextualization Workshop

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Lucia Soleti (lsoleti@unicef.org).

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CPWG Annual Meeting and Side Events

on October 30th, 2014

From 5 to 7 November 2014, the UNICEF-led Child Protection Working Group will hold its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Follow @CPIE_Global and #14CPWG for the latest updates. Several of the week’s sessions may be of interest to you. Highlights include: An expert panel discussion on Child Protection responses in current emergencies (South Sudan, Syria, …

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Turkey Syria Response: Frontline Workers’ CPMS Training

on October 6th, 2014

Dates to be confirmed. For more information, please contact Samuel Bayo Sesay (sbsesay@unicef.org)

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Australia: Child Protection in Emergencies Training

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Natalie McCauley (nmcauley@unicef.org)

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Burundi: CPMS Launch

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Lucia Soleti lsoleti@unicef.org

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USA: Child Protection in Current Emergencies Worldwide

on October 15th, 2014

OFDA and the Child Protection Working Group are hosting an event in Washington D.C. on Case Management and other Child Protection Challenges in Emergencies. In recent years, the tools and evidence underpinning Child Protection practice in Emergency settings have advanced considerably.  One such development is the newly developed Case Management Toolkit.   The plenary and panel …

USA: Introduction to the Child Protection Minimum Standards

on October 9th, 2014

On 14 October, OFDA and the Child Protection Working Group will present a 2-hour interactive session on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS, Sphere Companion). This whistle-stop tour is aimed at staff based at headquarters or in the field, working on humanitarian response, protection, child protection, violence prevention, grant writing or …

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USA: Fundraising for Child Protection in Emergencies Workshop

on October 9th, 2014

Fundraising for Child Protection programmes can be difficult, especially in the first days of an emergency response when other interventions can be seen as more urgent. This upcoming workshop, hosted by OFDA and facilitated by ChildFund Alliance and the Child Protection Working Group, will explore the different ways Child Protection Professionals can improve proposal-writing skills …

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Nicaragua: CPIE and CPMS Training of Trainers

on October 6th, 2014

For more information, please contact Nadine Perrault nperrault@unicef.org and sabrina_cajoly@hotmail.com

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Nicaragua: Child Protection Training of Trainers

on October 31st, 2014

Floods, hurricanes, earthquakes… Latin America and the Caribbean countries often are affected by natural disasters. In times of emergency, children and adolescents are likely to become displaced, separated from their families, or physically and psychologically impacted. They are exposed to an increased risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, which calls for the implementation of specific protection …

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Thailand: CPMS Facilitation Workshop

on February 10th, 2015

From 26 to 31 January 2015, the CPMS and Learning and Development Task Forces held a “training of trainers” in Bangkok, hosted by World Vision International. Over 4 days, participants studied and discussed the revised Child Protection in Emergencies Training package, now based on the CPMS. This was followed by a 1.5-day workshop dedicated to …

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Upcoming webinar: Justice for children

on June 22nd, 2015

A webinar discussing Justice for children in humanitarian action will be held on 30 June, from 2.30 to 3.30 CEST. Speakers will include Frances Sheahan, Global Legal Expert on children in conflict with the law who has worked in many fragile states and Martin Nagler, Project Manager with the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) …

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DFATD Final Report CPWG 5 May 2015

on May 26th, 2015

This report summarizes achievements and challenges during implementation of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action during the period 2013-2014 supported by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

Material request for strengthening Standard 7 of the MSCP Danger and Physical Injury

on May 26th, 2015

Material request for strengthening Standard 7 of the MSCP Danger and Physical Injury is a crucial CPiE issue, which is included in the CPMS as Standard 7. While some progress has been made establishing this standard, there is still an absence of sufficient knowledge base. For instance, some forms of dangers and physical injuries are …

Two successful child protection workshops in Beirut

on May 13th, 2015

Two successful workshops were held in Beirut, Lebanon this March: a Child Protection in Emergencies Training of Trainers and a Child Protection Minimum Standards Facilitation workshop. As the third of a planned series, the well-attended workshops responded to the high demand for capacity building in the Middle East and North Africa region, effectively increasing the …

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: CPMS Mainstreaming

on January 24th, 2015

From 17 to 19 December 2014, the national Child Protection Working Group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo organized a Child Protection Minimum Standards workshop. 40 participants attended the training, including  government staff working in the areas of protection and welfare, as well as staff from local and international NGOs. Copies of the CPMS …

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Second CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kenya

on July 1st, 2014

From 17-18 June, the Child Protection Working Group organized the second workshop in Dadaab, Kenya. Over 2 days, participants contextualized the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), with a focus on Mainstreaming.  38 participants from the Kenyan Government’s Department of Refugees Affairs and some 14 humanitarian agencies addressed six Minimum Standards: Psychosocial …

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CPMS Workshops in the Central African Republic

on May 4th, 2015

Two child protection training sessions were held in the Central African Republic this February, as well as two Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) contextualization workshops and follow-up mainstreaming activities. 40 participants from local and international NGOs, local government and national government attended the child protection trainings in Bangui (12-14 Feb) and Bossangoa (25-26 Feb). Sessions …

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Contextualizing the CPMS in Sudan

on March 5th, 2015

“A valuable opportunity to advance the discussion around child protection in emergencies in Sudan.” From 8-12 February 2015 the Child Protection Sub-Sector in Sudan organized a highly successful CPMS contextualization workshop. The workshop brought together participants from diverse backgrounds: the State Council of Child Welfare, the Ministries of Social Welfare, Education, Defence and Culture, the …

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Australia: Child Protection in Emergencies Training

on December 8th, 2014

From 20 to 24 October 2014, a Child Protection in Emergencies Face to Face Training, together with a launch event for the Child Protection Minimum Standards, was held in Melbourne, Australia. Co-organized by the Learning and Development Task Force and Save the Children Australia, the workshop was attended by 23 participants from 6 agencies and programme leads …

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Justice for children in emergencies: Further research

on February 2nd, 2015

Emergencies often increase the possibility of children coming into contact with the justice system. The Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) include a standard on Justice for Children, focusing on juvenile justice undermined by severe emergencies such as armed conflict or large-scale disasters. CPMS 14: “All girls and boys who come into contact with the justice …

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Notas Informativas: Protección de la infancia en todos los sectores

on January 14th, 2015

¿Como  asegurar la protección de la infancia en todos los sectores humanitarios? Notas Informativas ¡Ahora en español! Descargar aquí 

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Collecting feedback and updating the Minimum Standards to protect girls and boys in emergencies

on November 6th, 2014

The CPMS Task Force held their general meeting in Geneva this week. One important topic for discussion was how to effectively gather and incorporate feedback on the Minimum Standards. A Child Protection Specialist from West Africa said “The Minimum Standards are the basis for our Child Protection work, but the Ebola epidemic has highlighted areas …

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CPMS: Making a difference for children in Burkina Faso

on February 5th, 2015

“The Child Protection Minimum Standards training has really changed our day-to-day work”, says Ousmane, a child protection worker from Bobo-Dioulasso. “One example is Standard 15 (Case Management). We used the detailed guidance on case monitoring and referral to improve existing systems. Now vital information is collected and safely stored so that unaccompanied, separated and other …

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Afghanistan: CPMS Training

on January 22nd, 2015

In December 2014, a Child Protection Minimum Standards training workshop was held in Kabul, Afghanistan. 34 participants attended. including representatives from local and international NGOs and 8 participants from DOLSAMD representing all regions of the country.  The workshop was facilitated by Save the Children Sweden with significant support from UNICEF. The workshop included an overview …

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CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kigali, Rwanda

on July 3rd, 2014

From 11-12 June 2014, a contextualization workshop was held in Rwanda. Ten members of the Child Protection Working Group, representing Save the Children, Plan International, World Relief, World Vision, UNICEF and UNHCR, explored the implementation of four minimum standards to the Rwandan context: Standard 1 on Coordination; Standard 9 on Sexual Violence; Standard 15 on Case Management and …

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English CPMS Handbook now available on USB

on June 17th, 2014

USB versions of the English CPMS Handbook are now available. To order, please contact Maria Carolina Salazar, mariacarolinasalazar@tdh.ch, or Kate Mahoney, kmahoney.cpms@gmail.com.  

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CPMS in Arabic launched in the Republic of Yemen

on June 17th, 2014

The Arabic version of the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was launched on 2 June 2014.  The Honourable Minister, Amat Al-Rozagh Homad, representing the Republic of Yemen’s Ministry of Social Affairs, together with the Shawthab Foundation, representing the Child Protection Sub-cluster, participated in the launch event, with support from the Global Child Protection Working Group Task Force …

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CPMS launched in Colombia

on June 17th, 2014

Terres des Hommes and UNICEF, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Embassy of Switzerland, organized a launch of the the Spanish version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) in Bogota, Colombia on 29 April 2014. “In emergencies we all have in mind the …

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CPMS Contextualization Workshop held in Kenya

on May 26th, 2014

  A workshop to contextualize the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was held in Dadaab, Kenya, from 16-17 January 2014. Organized by UNICEF, the event attracted 37 participants from 14 organizations. After an introduction to the CPMS, participants prioritized 6 standards requiring particular attention in the Dadaab context: Standard 1 on Coordination; Standard 6 on Child …

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Burundi and Great Lakes: CPMS Launch and Contextualization

on December 11th, 2014

In October 2014, the national Child Protection Sub-Cluster in Burundi held a launch and contextualization of the Child Protection Minimum Standards, supported by the global CPWG, UNICEF and Terre des Hommes. Standards 1 (Coordination), 5 (Information Management), 10 (Psychosocial Distress and Mental Disorders), 13 (Unaccompanied and Separated Children), 15 (Case Management) and 16 (Community-based Mechanisms) were discussed and …

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2015: The roll-out and implementation of the CPMS continue!

on January 7th, 2015

The global effort to make the Child Protection Minimum Standards real for girls and boys in emergencies is gathering momentum. Numerous events are planned for early 2015, including launches, contextualization and mainstreaming workshops. Read more > 

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Indonesia: CPMS Contextualization

on January 21st, 2015

The Indonesian government and civil society joined together for a 3 day minimum standards workshop in January 2015. The purpose was to adapt the Child Protection Minimum Standards to the local context. The group had a highly productive time, focusing on 11 of the standards. The draft text will be circulated within the government and …

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Turkey-Syria Response: Frontline Workers’ Training

on December 3rd, 2014

From 17 to 21 November, the global Child Protection Minimum Standards Task Force and Save the Children co-funded a ‘Training of Trainers’ for frontline workers in Southern Turkey. A major challenge was getting participants based inside Syria across the unstable border. Delivered in Arabic and coordinated by UNICEF and Save the Children, 25 workers from …

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Nicaragua: Taller de formación de capacitadores

on October 31st, 2014

Inundaciones, huracanes, terremotos … Los países de América Latina y el Caribe a menudo se ven afectados por los desastres naturales. En situaciones de emergencia, los niños y adolescentes son propensos a ser desplazados, separados de sus familias, o afectados física y psicológicamente. Ellos están expuestos a un mayor riesgo de violencia, abuso y explotación, que aboga por la implementación de medidas específicas de protección. En tales situaciones, todos tenemos un papel que desempeñar. Por esta razón UNICEF LACRO, en colaboración con las oficinas regionales de Save …

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CPMS and contextualized standards launched in Indonesia

on October 8th, 2015

The Minister of Social Affairs for the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Khofifah Indar Parawansa, launched the contextualized Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Jakarta on 7 October 2015. The minister highlighted that the CPMS will now be the main reference for all stakeholders in responding to humanitarian needs in Indonesia: national …

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Survey: Help shape a global partnership for humanitarian standards

on September 9th, 2015

We have a strong vision of a humanitarian world where standards are not only based on experience and evidence, but also built upon a common framework and language, thus allowing professionals trained in one set of standards to move seamlessly to working with others. And we are about to take a step further towards this …

Japan: CPMS Training of Trainers

on September 14th, 2015

In August, a Training of Trainers workshop for humanitarian staff was held in Japan. The week-long training covered Sphere and companions including the Child Protection Minimum Standards, HAP, People in Aid and the newly launched Core Humanitarian Standard. Organized by the Church World Service Japan (CWS), the week-long training included 21 participants from NGOs, UN …

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Call for applications for Global CPiE / CPMS TOT

on November 2nd, 2015

ToT Date: 25-30 January 2016 Global CPWG is offering a  4 days Training of CPiE Trainers using current CPWG pedagogy and its inter-agency training materials; an additional 1.5 day workshop on facilitating national CPMS strategies. The ToT will be held in French and participants should be able to facilitate in French. For more information please …

Pakistan: CPMS Contextualization Workshop

on December 7th, 2015

From 18-20 November, a UNICEF-supported Child Protection Minimum Standards contextualization workshop was held in Pakistan. Pakistan has a devolved disaster management system, with national, provincial and district authorities. The workshop focused on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where the child protection sub-Cluster is active due to the prevailing complex emergency …

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Ukraine: CPMS Training of Trainers

on December 15th, 2015

A training of trainers workshop on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action was held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 8-11 December 2015. Supported by the Danish Refugee Council, the workshop gave 22 participants from various local organizations the skills and knowledge to implement the CPMS in their contexts. A plan for the roll-out …

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Call for applications for Global CPiE TOT

on January 20th, 2015

Global CPWG is offering a CPiE TOT. The workshop will prioritise Arabic speakers but will be in English. Other candidates may also apply. Agencies must cover the flight costs of their staff, who should apply through their head office; there is modest financial support available for a few consultants. Deadline: February 3, 2015 Contact: mariacarolina.salazar@tdh.ch For …

CPIE Coordination and IM Core Skills Training

on April 4th, 2016

The Child Protection AoR, hosted by Save the Children, will run a CPIE Coordination and Information Management Core Skills Training in June 2016. The aim of the course is to enhance participants’ knowledge of CPIE coordination and IM and to provide an opportunity to develop and practice a range of core competencies identified as crucial …

CPWG’s 2015 workplan

on February 2nd, 2015

1. Internal Workplan 2. External Workplan 3. Revision CPWG

Video Series on the Child Protection Minimum Standards

on October 16th, 2014

The new CPMS videos have been posted on the CPWG YouTube Channel. Please enjoy and share! CPMS YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_XWBFY9AJCzSmQ63tEhPuJlDGNVt9skw Individual videos on YouTube: Introduction to the CPMS in English or download it (29MB) or download audio MP3(7MB) Introduction to the CPMS in French or download (284MB) or download audio MP3(7MB) How to use the CPMS in English or download it (500MB) or download audio MP3(14MB) How …

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Panel Discussion on Child Protection in Current Emergencies

on November 7th, 2014

From 5 to 7 November, the UNICEF-led global Child Protection Working Group held its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. One highlight was an expert panel discussion on what’s being done to protect girls and boys in current emergencies: the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Ebola. Questions came from the audience in Geneva, …

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Call for applications: CPiE Postgraduate Diploma

on August 19th, 2015

Applications are now open for the next Child Protection in Emergencies postgraduate diploma programme, beginning in February 2016 and ending in June 2017. The diploma is premised on an academic/practitioner partnership in col­laboration with UNICEF, the Global Level Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) and Save the Children UK. Based on the success of the first …

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Senegal: Workshop on Child Protection in Emergency Coordination with 7 Governments of West and Central Africa Region

on January 12th, 2017

December 2016. Dakar, Senegal.  On 19 & 20 December, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), in partnership with the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, organized a workshop with 7 francophone countries aimed at strengthening the role of Governments in coordinating the child …

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