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Turkey: Family Tracing and Reunification Workshop

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The Child Protection sub-cluster in south Turkey conducted a family tracing and reunification workshop from 17 to 18 December 2015. The purpose was to orientate partners on FTR and agree on a common cross-border response. 38 participants attended from national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the Syrian CPWG. A plan of action was drawn up, including the following recommendations:

(i)           Prioritize FTR in child protection case management

(ii)          Identify FTR focal points in each organization

(iii)         Standardize FTR tools and continue training partners in northern Syria.


Ukraine: CPMS Training of Trainers

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A training of trainers workshop on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action was held in Kiev, Ukraine, from 8-11 December 2015.

Supported by the Danish Refugee Council, the workshop gave 22 participants from various local organizations the skills and knowledge to implement the CPMS in their contexts. A plan for the roll-out of the Frontline Responder training across 20 localities in the Ukraine has now been drawn up, and trainings will take place from late Dec 2015 to late March 2016.

The Russian translation of the CPMS is currently being finalized: Watch this space!

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Iraq: Update from the Child Protection sub-Cluster

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With over 3.1 million IDPs and 250,000 Syrian refugees, Iraq continues to be one of the most severe and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crises in the world. Over 47% of those affected are children who continue to be in dire need of protection and assistance.

Grave violations of children’s rights have increased in the period from June 2014 to May 2015, with 2,042 children (1,055 boys, 897 girls, 90 sex unknown) affected in 666 violations, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Activated in August 2014, co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children, and operational in 18 governorates across the country, the Child Protection sub-Cluster in Iraq has over 30 member organisations. Since September 2015, the sub-Cluster has supported over 156,781 children including 127,905 IDPs and 28,619 refugees. 2,319 unaccompanied and separated children, including 1,316 IDPs and 1,002 refugees were reunited with their family members or placed in alternative family care.

Response capacity has expanded, particularly in the hard-to-reach areas of Diyala, Kirkuk, Ninewa, Baghdad and in the proximity of the Anbar governorate. However, security constraints and the limited availability of funds have created a huge barrier to immediate, life-saving assistance. So far only USD 3.9 million out of the USD 13 million requested by the Child Protection sub-Cluster have been committed.

In 2016 an estimated USD 33 Million will be needed to meet the most critical needs of 284,200 IDP children and Syrian refugees affected by the crisis.

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Sudan: Psychosocial Support Training Manual Launched

News on December 10th, 2015 Comments Off

“One step closer to delivering quality psychosocial support to all children and adolescents in emergencies in Sudan.”

On 23 November 2015, key partners of the Sudanese Child Protection sub-Cluster – the National Council for Child Welfare, UNICEF and Ahfad University —  launched the national minimum standards training manual “Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents in Emergencies.”

The much-awaited manual has been under development for the last 18 months, including a situation assessment of psychosocial support and child friendly spaces in North Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, as well as piloting in North Darfur and White Nile. It is aimed at all those providing psychosocial support: social workers, teachers, animators and community members. It is ready for national roll out in 2016 through the Child Protection sub-Cluster and the Ministry of Social Welfare.

For further information, please contact Jean Choi (jchoi (at) and Mahgoub Mahgoub (mmahgoub (at)

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Pakistan: CPMS Contextualization Workshop

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From 18-20 November, a UNICEF-supported Child Protection Minimum Standards contextualization workshop was held in Pakistan. Pakistan has a devolved disaster management system, with national, provincial and district authorities. The workshop focused on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where the child protection sub-Cluster is active due to the prevailing complex emergency situation. 8 standards were selected for contextualization, and participants recognized the need to contextualize other standards in the near future. Local government representatives have announced plans  to endorse the contextualized standards in due course.

Pakistan is proud to be the first South Asian country to begin the CPMS contextualization process. The child protection sub-Cluster aims to build on government and local capacities, adjust for cultural sensitivities, discuss the functioning of child protection in humanitarian settings within the context of the overall national child protection system, and to prioritize actions by examining existing structures, gaps and challenges.

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Call for applications for Global CPiE / CPMS TOT

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ToT Date: 25-30 January 2016

Global CPWG is offering a  4 days Training of CPiE Trainers using current CPWG pedagogy and its inter-agency
training materials; an additional 1.5 day workshop on facilitating national CPMS strategies. The ToT will be held in French and participants should be able to facilitate in French.

For more information please refer to the ToRs.


West Africa Region: CPiE Training of Trainers and CPMS workshop

Events, Minimum Standards on November 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

A regional Child Protection in Emergencies Training of Trainers and Child Protection Minimum Standards workshop is planned to take place in Dakar, Senegal. The call for applications will be sent out in the first week of November. For further information, please contact: Susan Wisniewski, sws (at); Natalie McCauley, natalie_mccauley (at); Makiba Yamano, makiba_yamano (at)

Niger: CPiE/CPMS Training

Events, Minimum Standards on November 2nd, 2015 Comments Off

A Child Protection in Emergencies and Child Protection Minimum Standards training took place in Niger in December 2015. It was organized for members of the child protection working group in-country. If you would like to learn more about the outcomes of the training, please contact: Elizabeth Wardle, Save the Children, elizabeth.wardle (at) For further information about organizing or attending similar events, please contact Susan Wisniewski, Terre des hommes, susan.wisniewski (at) and Minja Peuschel, Save the Children, minja.peuschel (at), co-chairs of the CPMS Working Group.



Ethiopia: Finalization of CPMS in Amharic

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The Amharic translation of the Child Protection Minimum Standards will be finalized in November and December 2015. For more information, please contact: Rocio  Daban, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator UNICEF, raznardaban (at)

Central African Republic: Dissemination of contextualized CPMS

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The dissemination of the contextualized Child Protection Minimum Standards will take place in Sango in November. For more information, please contact: Sten Bronee, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator, sbronee (at); Jacques Kachuka, jacques.kachuka (at),  Child Protection Sub-Cluster coordinator co-lead;  Justin Kaseke, Justin.kaseke (at)

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