From 2006 to 2016, the UNICEF-led Child Protection Working Group brought together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and donors. Over the 10-year timeframe, the group grew from seven members to over 40. It became the global level forum for child protection collaboration and coordination in humanitarian settings. Together, the group developed an important body of work, including the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.
In 2006, there was there was no structured support for field based coordination of child protection from the global level. Today, the CPWG supports coordination groups in 39 countries with guidance and tailored support, both remote and in-country.
In 2016, the body of work developed by the CPWG will leave the cluster system and be carried forward by a new global level interagency group focused on child protection in humanitarian settings, co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children: The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (“The Alliance”). The Alliance’s overall goal is to ensure that the efforts of national and international actors are of high quality and effective in protecting children in humanitarian settings.
At the same time, the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR) will remain in the cluster system under UNICEF’s leadership. The AoR aims to ensure the coordination of national and international humanitarian actors’ efforts to protect children in humanitarian environments.