Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Watch all CPMS videos:
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)

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 a Companion Standard to the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.

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Guidelines for Translating the Minimum Standards

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

 

Nicaragua: Taller de formación de capacitadores

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: October 31, 2014

Nicaragua_Twitter 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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Nicaragua: Child Protection Training of Trainers

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / 1 CommentPosted on: October 31, 2014

Website photo-Nicaragua 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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Video Series on the Child Protection Minimum Standards

Categories: News / News / 7 CommentsPosted on: October 16, 2014

Untitled 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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USA: Fundraising for Child Protection in Emergencies Workshop

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: October 9, 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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USA: Introduction to the Child Protection Minimum Standards

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: October 9, 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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CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kigali, Rwanda

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

Contextualization Rwanda 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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Second CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kenya

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

DSCN1119 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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English CPMS Handbook now available on USB

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

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

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