Minimum Standards

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Handbook

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 finalised 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 intend to:
Establish common principles amongst those working in child protection
- Improve the quality of child protection programming, and its impact for children
- Improve accountability within child protection work
- Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
- Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

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NEW video series on CPMS coming soon !

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / Slider / No CommentsPosted on: April 10, 2014

A multi-component video and audio series sponsored by the Child Protection Working Group to introduce and promote the application of the Child Protection Minimum Standards will be released mid-May 2014. The video series will be available for downloading on the CPWG website, with streaming happening through its youtube channel. In addition, each component of the …

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NEW! Arabic version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action now available!

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: April 4, 2014

Untitled   The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humantarian Action (CPMS) is now available  to download in Arabic! Please contact us if you would like to order hard copies of the Arabic version of the CPMS handbook or have any comments on the version at cpmstaskforce@gmail.com.   

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Child Protection in Emergencies, or the Importance of letting Children be Children – Interview with Minja Peuschel for SPHERE

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: March 25, 2014

Capture d’écran 2014-03-25 à 15.18.23 “Child Protection in Emergencies, or the importance of letting children be children” is an interview on the Child Protection Minimum Standards with with Minja Peuschel, co-chair of the CPMS Task Force, published on the Sphere website.     Minja discusses the development and impact of the CPMS as well as upcoming plans. Please click here for the …

CPWG Global Trainers Initiative Launched by Minimum Standards and Capacity Buiding Tasks Forces

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: March 21, 2014

In January 2014, the CPWG’s Task Forces on the CPMS and Capacity Building launched a global trainers initiative.  The intiative aims to create a pool of multi-lingual trainers who are well-versed in the learning and development strategy of the child protection sector and the most up-to-date CPiE training packages and CPMS resources.  To date, the initiative has …

CPMS launched in Kinshasa, DRC

Categories: News / No CommentsPosted on: December 23, 2013

DRC-picture-cropped-300x196 On the 6th of December 2013, the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were officially launched in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the Child Protection Sub Cluster in Kinshasa. The launch was attended by national Child Protection Sub-Cluster members, the Protection Cluster, UNICEF, MONUSCO and other NGO representatives. The launch included a …

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Pilot project on CP mainstreaming project in South Kivu, DRC

Categories: News / No CommentsPosted on: December 18, 2013

flyer_v04 In September 2013, War Child Holland (WCH) in collaboration, with the South Kivu child protection sub-cluster and with fundingsupport from ECHO, organized the first Child Protection mainstreaming project using the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). The purpose of the project was to acquaint humanitarian actors from other sectors with basic concepts related to child protection …

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Pilot CPMS Orientation Workshops in Burkina Faso

Categories: News / No CommentsPosted on: September 8, 2013

Atelier-Dori-300x183 In the beginning of August, Terres des Hommes and UNICEF helped organizing two inter-agency 2-day “pilot orientation workshops” in Burkina Faso with funding provided by UNHCR. This was an historical moment, as the workshops were the first ones ever to be held and we were all excited to be part of this event! The first …

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Sudan’s Launch of the Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Action

Categories: News / No CommentsPosted on: August 15, 2013

Sudan-Launch-300x200 On the 25th June 2013 the CPMS were officially launched in Sudan by the State Minister of Welfare and Social Security. The launch involved speakers from different horizons (humanitarian actors, children/youth groups/government partners) and all were very enthusiastic of having a tool that will ensure that child protection actors plan and implement their activities in a …

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