Get involved and make the Standards your own!

Latest news 18 June 2018. 3 actions:

1. Download and review the draft standards:
Draft Standards

2. Take part in (or host!) a country consultation near you:
Country consultations

Consultation toolkit

3. Give your feedback via the online survey:
Join the webinar to learn more

Take the survey

Comment on the drafts

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) are currently being revised and updated.

Building on evidence, practice and experience gathered since the first edition in 2012, the 18-month revision process offers many opportunities for users across the world to participate.

Read more about the revision process

Get involved!

There are many ways to take part in the revision process. We need you to share ideas and input, to help mobilize resources and spread the word!

Infographic: Get involved!

What you need to know

Learn more about the revision’s main stages and how you can get involved:


Meet the lead chapter authors and thematic experts, as of February 2018:

Who’s who

 Update: April 2018

Update: June 2018

Join us!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular news. We’ll soon be asking you organize a consultation in your country or city, when you can invite all those working on child protection in your context to discuss a draft version of the second edition. Watch this space!

Sign up for monthly updates

Get ready to give your input!

Writing teams have been working hard to redraft the Standards, based on contributions from revision groups representing local, national and international NGOs, UN agencies, academia, donors and government.

Second drafts will go live in mid-June, and now we need your input!

Over 500 humanitarian practitioners from around the world have already contributed to the revision process through the initial survey, revision and writing groups.

The drafts will now be made available online for 8 weeks of worldwide open public consultation. In addition, face-to-face consultation events will take place in at least 22 countries across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East. Virtual consultations, organized as participatory webinars, will help reach a wide variety of informants.

“Back in 2012, the drafting process behind the first edition of the CPMS was inclusive and participatory” explains Minja Peuschel, Senior Child Protection Advisor at Save the Children and Co-Chair of the CPMS Working Group. “This was important because it led to a broad sense of ownership and subsequent implementation and institutionalization efforts from all the agencies involved. But I think the second edition is even more participatory and inclusive, especially when it comes to national and local actors. We are really excited about the far-reaching interest and engagement that the consultation process has generated so far,” she adds.

“The input from hundreds of practitioners around the world will help us ensure that the revised CPMS reflect global practice and experience from very different operational contexts.”

The second draft of the next version of the CPMS will be available for comments in English by mid-June, and in Arabic, French and Spanish by the end of the month. The online consultations will be open for 8 weeks.

Based on the input gathered online and through in-person consultations, the lead authors and writing teams will go back and redraft the revised Standards in September and October. The third draft will be available for review and validation in November.

“We’ll come back to the child protection community around the world again in November to share the revised text based on their feedback,” says Susan Wisniewski, Child Protection Advisor at Terre des hommes and Co-Chair of the CPMS Working Group.

“This step is essential, to make sure we provide the best possible compilation of global practice, evidence and minimum standards for child protection in humanitarian settings.”

Much has changed since the CPMS were first developed in 2012. As the global standards for child protection in emergencies, the CPMS must address today’s humanitarian realities and incorporate the latest evidence.

The next edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action will be published in the second quarter of 2019.

Webinar: CPMS revision next steps


Since they were launched six years ago, the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) have become an important reference to help ensure that measures to protect children are a central component of all humanitarian action. In the context of the current consultation and revision process to update the standards, PHAP is organizing an online session together with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action on the standards and how they are being used in practice.

Join us at 10am CEST on 19 June to learn more about the standards and how practitioners are using them, what is changing in the revision, and what the next steps are for contributing to the consultations. Read more and register > 

Country consultations

Face-to-face consultation events are a great way to bring people together to share thoughts and ideas on the draft CPMS. They may be organized at community, regional or national level.

Consultations will take place between June and August 2018

If you are interested in hosting a consultation, please get in touch with Joanna Wedge, Capacity Building Advisor (, as soon as possible.

Consultation toolkit

You may choose to focus your consultation on:

  • A theme that is relevant in your specific context. For example, urban settings, or refugee contexts.
  • A specific Standard. For example, Family Strengthening or Coordination.
  • A combination of the above.
Confirmed consultations as of mid-June 2018: Location and contact details

Consultations are being confirmed and dates finalized on a daily basis. Watch this space!

South Sudan 1st week August Silvia Onate
Somalia July 9-26 Magdalene Muoki,
Myanmar 11 June Lindsay Shearer,
Iraq July 29-31 Nawras Mahmooud,; Erik Prins,
Syria  tbc Riyad Alnajem,
Turkey June 19 Zeynep Sanduvac,
Armenia  tbc Manane Petrosyan,  /
Colombia August Yesica Serrano,
Samoa July Rodney S. Namulauulu,
Afghanistan Between mid-July and mid-August Hamdullah Meyakhe,


Country consultation toolkit

The Country Consultation toolkit is now available!

We’ve reached a new and exciting stage of the revision process. Consultations!

Face-to-face and virtual consultations, as well as the online survey, enable a wide range of people to get involved and share their thoughts. Questions to ask:

  • Do the revised standards reflect current practices in your context?
  • Do you agree with the new approaches and changes made? Is anything important missing?
  • Is the language clear and accessible?
  • Do you think the revised standards are relevant in different contexts? e.g. infectious disease outbreak settings, migration and displacement, urban areas…

Don’t forget that the CPMS Working Group is here to help you! Please get in touch if you’d like support to organize a consultation in your country or region. Write to:

General guidance on holding a country consultation (includes hints and tips on developing your agenda, guiding questions and advice on consulting adults in the affected populations):

Read more

Powerpoint presentation: The CPMS Revision Process (feel free to use and edit as you see fit)

Read more

Powerpoint presentation: CPMS Revision Quiz! (a useful ice-breaker, as well as a way to quickly gauge your participants’ familiarity with the CPMS)

Please request a copy from

Recording video clips at consultations:

Read more

Event reporting template (docx)

Read more

Final report template (docx)

Read more

Draft Standards for review

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) are being revised and updated.

The revision aims to:
– Update and better the link the CPMS to the latest evidence and best practice;
– Increase applicability of the CPMS to all humanitarian contexts, while including preparedness work;
– Better communicate the standards to a wide range of child protection and humanitarian workers, particularly for those working at local levels;
– Strengthen cross-cutting issues throughout.

Now we need your input!

[Please note that Standard 19-26 (Integrated Programming) will be available from 1st July.

French, Spanish and Arabic speakers! Translations of Standards 1-18 will be available from 1st July.]

The drafts are available here:

Introduction to Integrated Approaches_Draft for consultation (formerly Standards to Mainstream Child Protection)

Introduction to the Strategy Pillar_Draft 2 for consultation

St 1 Coordination_Draft 2 for consultation

St 2 Human Resources_Draft 2 for consultation

St 3 Comms Media Advocacy_Draft 2 for consultation

St 4 Programme Cycle Management_Draft 2 for consultation

St 5 Information Management_Draft 2 for consultation

St 6 CP Monitoring_Draft 2 for consultation

St 7 Dangers & Injuries_Draft 2 for consultation

St 8 Physical violence_Draft 2 for consultation

St 9 Sexual and Genderbased Violence_Draft 2 for consultation

St 10 Mental Health and Psychosocial support_Draft 2 for consultation

St 11 CAAFAG_Draft 2 for consultation

St 12 Child Labour_Draft 2 for consultation

St 13 UASC_Draft 2 for consultation

St 14 Justice for Children_Draft 2 for consultation

St 15 Case Management_Draft 2 for Consultation

St 16 Family Strengthening_Draft 2 for consultation

St 17 Community Level Approaches_Draft 2 for consultation

St 18 Safer Societies_ Version for consultation

%d bloggers like this: