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.

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 of submissions of news items to post on the webpage.

Guidelines for Translating the Minimum Standards

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

 

Burundi and Great Lakes: CPMS Launch and Contextualization

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / No CommentsPosted on: December 11, 2014

Famille Grands Lacs CPMS In October, a Great Lakes Regional Workshop was held in Burundi. 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) are now in the 2015 action plan. Participants committed to continue the process of contextualization and cross-border dialogue in 2015. In …

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Australia: Child Protection in Emergencies Training

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / News / No CommentsPosted on: December 8, 2014

SONY DSC 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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Turkey-Syria Response: Frontline Workers’ Training

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

Turkey photo2 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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Panel Discussion on Child Protection in Current Emergencies

Categories: News / News / No CommentsPosted on: November 7, 2014

syria-jordan_emergency_syrian-refugees_francois-struzik_2013 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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Collecting feedback and updating the Minimum Standards to protect girls and boys in emergencies

Categories: Minimum Standards / News / News / 9 CommentsPosted on: November 6, 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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Nicaragua: Taller de formación de capacitadores

Categories: Events / Minimum Standards / News / 1 CommentPosted 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 / 9 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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