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Pakistan: Contextualization workshop

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

A contextualization workshop for the Child Protection Minimum Standards will take place in Peshawar in November. For further information, please contact: Farrah Ilyas, filyas (at), Child Protection Officer, UNICEF and Sarah Coleman, UNICEF, scoleman (at)

Sudan: Workshop to finalize contextualized CPMS

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A workshop to finalize the contextualized Child Protection Minimum Standards will be held in Sudan in November. For more information, please contact Sampathi Perera, Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator, UNICEF, sperera (at) and Hagir Gamal Eldeen, NCCW, hagirgamal17 (at )

Côte d’Ivoire: Child Protection in Emergencies Training

News on October 16th, 2015 Comments Off

From 5-10 October UNICEF WCARO and Côte d’Ivoire Country Office supported a training of national counterparts on child protection in emergencies. The training was envisaged as part of emergency preparedness, particularly in the context of the upcoming elections (presidential, legislative and local). 34 professionals, including 26 representatives from government at national, regional and local levels, attended from 7 regions of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as 8 child protection professionals from international and national NGOs. All participated actively and enthusiastically, demonstrating a high level of engagement with capacity building and preparedness activities.

As a result, Regional Child Protection and Child Rights Violation Risk Assessments for the elections, along with regional preparedness plans for each of the 7 regions, were finalized. All are ready for implementation in the next 1-3 months. The training workshop also provided an opportunity to strengthen child protection monitoring and reporting mechanisms on child rights violations. Last but not least, the training enabled participants to reflect and move forward on integrating preparedness in existing child protection systems and ongoing system-strengthening efforts, notably community based mechanisms, coordination and integrated approaches for quality services. This training could inspire other countries in the region to strengthen emergency preparedness national capacities as part of work to build national child protection systems.

Contact: Laetitia Bazzi, Child Protection Chief, UNICEF, Côte d’Ivoire lbazzi (at)

Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan: Sahel countries, DRC and CAR

News on October 15th, 2015 Comments Off

The CPWG Rapid Response Team Information Management Officer, seconded by UNICEF, recently visited Nigeria. An information management system was established to support the Child Protection Sub-Cluster’s monitoring of their situation and response in the framework of the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2016.  Over the course of a 2-week mission in Chad, the Information Management Officer supported the Child Protection Sub-Cluster in the formulation of their HNO, HRP and Refugee Response Plan for 2016. The Information Management Officer will visit Chad in October, and other countries in the region are being supported remotely. At the regional level, vital Child Protection activities and indicators were proposed to countries in order to align the various 2016 response plans and to lower the reporting burden on partners.

Contact: Jean Mège (jmege (at)

Protection in Practice Training of Trainers

News on October 15th, 2015 Comments Off

30+ participants, primarily from S.E.Asia and the Middle East, attended a 5-day pilot workshop initiated by the Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Learning, from 6-11 September.

Focal points from global-level AoRs and partner organizations contributed to the drafting and delivering of the sessions. The training aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of protection principles and strengthen their skills in organizing and conducting learning initiatives on all protection aspects in the field. Among the protection issues addresses, an introductory session on child protection discussed the differences and complementarity between child rights and child protection in emergencies, among other topics. In group sessions, participants also contextualized the CPMS for their country or region. The child protection module was highly appreciated and provided a good introduction to child protection in humanitarian settings. A UN staff member said: “I wish I could have attended this course when I started as cluster coordinator. I will use it for sure in my next post and I hope I will perform better now in my current coordination post with the information received and shared in this workshop. All coordinators in the field should have at least basic skills in all areas covered in the workshop”. An NGO Representative added: “Now I understand better my coordination role and the resources available for a Coordinator”.


The Philippines: Institutionalization of the CPWG in all administrative regions

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Aware that an emergency can happen at any time in the Philippines, UNICEF, in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children, developed the National Strategic Plan for Child Protection in Emergencies 2014-2016. The Plan guides regional governments in setting up mechanisms to protect children in emergency situations. To date, 8 of the 17 regional committees for the welfare of children have adopted policies signifying readiness to set up CPWGs to support child protection activities in emergencies. Members of all 17 regional committees have undergone Child Protection in Emergencies coordination training this September 2015, to orient practitioners on the CPMS, facilitate the establishment of CPWGs in all regions, and form a team of Surge Coordinators to be deployed for future emergencies.

Contact: Rodeliza Barrientos (RBarrientos (at)


CPMS and contextualized standards launched in Indonesia

Events, Minimum Standards, News on October 8th, 2015 Comments Off

The Minister of Social Affairs for the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Khofifah Indar Parawansa, launched the contextualized Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Jakarta on 7 October 2015. The minister highlighted that the CPMS will now be the main reference for all stakeholders in responding to humanitarian needs in Indonesia: national government ministries and agencies, sub-national governments, civil societies, academia and volunteers.

The Minister commits to facilitate and engage community members in hundreds of “Disaster Resilience Villages” to strengthen preparedness and capacity to respond to child protection before, during and after disasters and emergencies. The “Disaster Resilience Villages “ are facilitated by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the National Disaster Management Agency.

The launch was followed by a seminar discussing the global background of CPMS, the contextualization process and their relevance in Indonesia.  Susan Wisniewski, co-chair of the CPMS Task Force, joined the discussion by video link.

With support from UNICEF and Wahana Visi Indonesia, a national partner of World Vision Indonesia, the Ministry of Social Affairs led the contextualization process that started in the last quarter of 2014. The CPMS were discussed in a contextualization workshop in January 2015 and went through field review in several disaster-affected areas in Indonesia.

Read the CPMS in Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), including 11 contextualized standards here > 

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Update your knowledge of the CPMS: A one-day workshop

Events, Minimum Standards on October 7th, 2015 Comments Off

Seeking to learn more about the various standards? Want to discuss implementation in your context? Looking for guidace on adapting the standards to your setting? Want to learn about CPMS-specific learning tools and other materials? Join us on 11 November for a workshop that will shed new light on how you can use the CPMS to improve your work to protection children in emergencies. Target audience: Programme Managers, Rapid Response Personnel, Regional and Global Advisors. For more information, contact CPMS Learning and Implementation Advisor, Joanna Wedge: joannawedge(at), cc’ing susan.wisniewski(at) and minja.peuschel(at)

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Japan: CPMS Training of Trainers

Minimum Standards, News on September 14th, 2015 Comments Off

In August, a Training of Trainers workshop for humanitarian staff was held in Japan. The week-long training covered Sphere and companions including the Child Protection Minimum Standards, HAP, People in Aid and the newly launched Core Humanitarian Standard. Organized by the Church World Service Japan (CWS), the week-long training included 21 participants from NGOs, UN and governmental aid agencies.

The training was the first event organized by the new JQAN (Quality and Accountability Network in Japan), launched in July by 17 member NGOs and led by CWS Japan.

According to Yukiko Maki of CWS, “the highlight of the training was the participant-led sessions and writing our own action plans on the last day.”




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Survey: Help shape a global partnership for humanitarian standards

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We have a strong vision of a humanitarian world where standards are not only based on experience and evidence, but also built upon a common framework and language, thus allowing professionals trained in one set of standards to move seamlessly to working with others. And we are about to take a step further towards this vision — with your help.

The Sphere Project currently has companionship agreements with four humanitarian standards initiatives that are complementary to the Sphere standards and sectors: education in emergencies (INEE), child protection (CMPS), livestock management (LEGS) and economic recovery (MERS).

These agreements have helped us collectively harmonise and consolidate humanitarian standards by agreeing on a common structure and language, exchanging on training and learning and developing advocacy approaches on the use of standards in practice.

But we know we can do more to affect the quality and accountability of humanitarian response.

Each of these companionship arrangements is bilateral, which means that they remain somewhat narrow in scope; we have seen that this can limit our collective ability to address key challenges in practice and to take our joint contribution in support of field work to scale.

We are now gearing up to constitute a global humanitarian standards partnership which would be more than the sum of its parts, maximise a collective voice and create a forum for new standards as they are developed, based on evidence and experience.

We believe that this partnership of standards-setting initiatives has the potential to bring about improvements in the quality and accountability of humanitarian response in a variety of ways — which are spelled out in the survey for your consideration.

If you find humanitarian standards helpful in your work, you will surely benefit from a yet more coherent approach to developing standards, indicators, guidance and training tools. At a time when standards are becoming an ever more important part of professionalisation in an increasing number of areas of humanitarian work, a tested-and-proven concept can go a long way towards greater usability and impact.

Your participation in the survey will enable us to gauge the level of interest in such a partnership and to better understand how users of humanitarian standards perceive its potential added value. The survey results will inform decisions to be made by Sphere and its companion standards on how to move forward.

Please respond to the survey — it should take less than 10 minutes of your time.




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