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Established in 2007 by the Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) as part of the cluster approach, Child Protection is an Area of Responsibility under the global Protection Cluster. The Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) is mandated to ensure the timeliness, quality and coverage of coordinated child protection responses in humanitarian settings.

From 2007 until 2015, the UNICEF-led Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), within the Global Protection Cluster, developed an important body of work including the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. In 2016, this body of work is being carried forward by a new global level interagency group focused on child protection in humanitarian settings: The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children.  At the same time, the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) will remain in the cluster system and continue to support field-based child protection responses, under UNICEF’s leadership.

Vision: A world in which children in emergencies are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.

Mission: The efforts of national and international humanitarian actors to protect children in humanitarian settings are well coordinated.

Outcome: Child protection responses in humanitarian contexts (defined as Humanitarian Coordinator and Early Warning contexts) are effectively led and coordinated to achieve maximum coverage and quality.

Who are the members of the Child Protection AoR?

The members of the CP AoR are humanitarian organizations who are interested in improving coordinated responses for child protection in cluster and early warning contexts. All organisations that are members of field-based child protection coordination groups in cluster and early warning settings, including national and local entities, are eligible to be members of the global CP AoR. The CP AoR has evolved in an inclusive spirit since its inception in 2007.

Membership is only open to organisations, not individuals, and requires a letter of commitment from a director within the organisation. Members commit to:

  • Uphold, use and actively promote CP AoR agreed principles, standards, tools and other products at all levels within the organisation, and with partners.
  • Actively participate in child protection coordination at field level fora.
  • In contexts or situations where interagency tools are not appropriate, coordinate with other responding agencies and agreeing on an alternative.
  • Provide inputs to interagency tools and resources produced by the group, according to area of expertise, mandate and interests; endorse these tools and resources.
  • Attend one face-to-face meeting of the group per year.

Association is open to organisations and individuals, without any formal procedure, and does not entail any explicit commitments. In recognition of the important contribution made by individual consultants and personnel, these individuals are also welcome to be associated with the CP AoR, especially members of the pool of potential CP coordinators.

Without joining the group in any formal way, any persons or organization are also welcome to make use of the resources and discussion fora on the CP AoR website, cpaor.net.

How is the Child Protection AoR governed?


The CP AoR has a Strategic Advisory Group, made up of organisations that significantly contribute to child protection responses at all levels. This includes those contributing to the CP AoR’s Rapid Response Team and co-leading at the field-level.

The CP AoR is led by UNICEF and facilitated by a Geneva-based coordinator.


How does the Child Protection AoR carry out its work?


The Geneva-based coordination team support field child protection coordination groups and its’ international, national and local members.


Any further questions? Please contact Michael Copland, the CP AoR Coordinator.


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