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.

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