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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The CPMS are recognized as a companion standard to The Sphere Project‘s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

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A CPMS contextualization Workshop was held in Kigali, Rwanda

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: July 3, 2014

Contextualization Rwanda On 11-12 June 2014, ten members of the Child Protection Working Group, representing Save the Children, Plan International, World Relief, World Vision, UNICEF and UNHCR, began contextualizing four key minimum standards to the Rwandan context, emphasizing child protection work with displaced populations. Specifically, standard 1 on coordination, standard 9 on sexual violence, standard 15 on …

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The 2nd workshop to contextualize the CPMS was held in Dadaab, Kenya !

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: July 1, 2014

DSCN1119 On 17-18 June, the Child Protection Working Group in Dadaab, Kenya organized the 2nd workshop to contextualize the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) with a focus on mainstreaming.  Thirty-eight participants from the Government/Department of Refugees Affairs (DRA) and 14 organizations (UNICEF, Save, UNHCR, IRC, RCK, KRCS, Peace Winds Japan, Tdh, NRC, DRC, WFP, Right to …

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USB versions of the English CPMS Handbook available!

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: June 17, 2014

USB versions of the English CPMS Handbook available! Order now! Mariacarolina.salazar@tdh.ch or kmahoney.cpms@gmail.com

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The Arabic version of the CPMS were launched in the Republic of Yemen!

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: June 17, 2014

In the Republic of Yemen, the Ministry of Social Affairs and labor represented by the Honourable Minister Amat Al-Rozagh Homad and the Child Protection Subcluster represented by Shawthab Foundation launched the Arabic version of the Minimum standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) on 02 June 2014 with support from the Global Child Protection …

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The CPMS were launched in Colombia!!!

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: June 17, 2014

Terres des hommes (Tdh) and the United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF ) with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Embassy of Switzerland – SDC , Organized a launch of the the Spanish version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) in Bogota, Colombia on …

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A workshop to contextualize the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was organized by UNICEF on January 16th and 17th 2014 in Dadaab, Kenya

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: May 26, 2014

  A workshop to contextualize the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was organized by UNICEF on January 16th and 17th 2014 in Dadaab, Kenya and was attended by 37 participants from 14 organisations including UNHCR, Save the Children, Terre des hommes, the Refugee Consortium of Kenya, Handicap International, CARE, Islamic Relief, Kenyan Red Cross, Womankind …

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A training of trainers on Child Protection Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Actions was held in Sri Lanka !!

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: May 22, 2014

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were introduced to 20  child protection actors in Sri Lanka via a two-day training of trainers held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on the 3rd and 4th April 2014 and organized by Terre des hommes.   Save the Children, UNICEF, World Vision, CHA ( Consortium of Humanitarian …

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A workshop/training programme on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: May 22, 2014

Vietnam Apr 2014 4 A workshop/training programme on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on April 15-18 for 26 participants from Save the Children, UNICEF, Plan Vietnam, World Vision, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (Dept. of Child Care and Protection, Community Development Institute, Australian Charity for the Children …

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Contextualization/training workshop in DRC

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: April 29, 2014

A contextualization/training workshop was held in Goma beginning of March, under the leadership of the national level coordinator and co-lead.  Coordinators and co-leads from 8 provincial CPWGs, focal points from CPWG in North Kivu and a government representative from North Kivu participated in the contextualization and training.  UNICEF, Save the Children, War Child Holland, Help …

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Presentation of the CPMS in Panama

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: April 29, 2014

Plan International, Save the Children and UNICEF organized a joint event on the 26th of March in Panama City, Panama to present the Minimum Standards in their Spanish version. Approximately 30 people gathered in the City of Knowledge, Panama, for an event that included a presentation of the Standards, as well as a group discussion …

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