*In 2018 and 2019, the CPMS are being revised and updated. Read more and get involved > 

In 2010, the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were finalized in September 2012. Over 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries, including child protection practitioners, humanitarian actors from other sectors, academics and policy makers, were involved in their development.

The CPMS aim to:
-Establish common principles among those working in child protection
-Improve the quality of child protection programming.
-Improve accountability within child protection work
-Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
-Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

CPMS in English

Additional languages

Since 2012, a wide range of tools and resources has been developed, including a video series in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Roll out process

Most recently, a series of case studies has been developed to encourage a wide range of humanitarian and development actors to reflect on how their actions — or non-actions — impact on child safety and wellbeing.

Mainstreaming case studies



The CPMS have been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Bahasa Indonesian, Urdu, Turkish, Serbian and Korean. Russian and Nepali versions are being finalized. The summary version is also available in Dari and Pashto.

If you are interested in translating the CPMS into additional languages, please use these Translation Guidelines.


The CPMS are part of the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (Sphere – Education – Child Protection – Livestock – Market Analysis – Economic Recovery)

The HSP has also developed a smartphone app, aiming to improve access to and use of multiple sets of Standards, as well as a series of case studies illustrating the use of different humanitarian standards in practice.

Education for South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia, INEE and Sphere.

HSP Case Study

The CPMS are recognized as Companion Standards to the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

We want to know what you think of the CPMS and how you are using them. Please use our feedback form or email us at cpms.wg@alliancecpha.org with any questions, feedback or news you would like to share.

The CPMS Task Force is currently co-led by Save the Children and Terre des hommes

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HSP App launched!

GENEVA, 27 September 2017

Humanitarian Standards now available on mobile devices

The new Humanitarian Standards Partnership app (HSPapp) provides the humanitarian sector’s flagship standards and guidance in a single, free-of-charge app. Designed for field practitioners providing humanitarian aid in disaster and conflict situations, the app works on- and off-line on mobile phones and tablets.

“We are delighted at the launch of this app, which will first and foremost support practitioners working in disaster zones with limited or no connectivity,” says Sphere Executive Director Christine Knudsen. “This app is a proof of concept that coordinated action between standards-setting bodies allows us to influence humanitarian response for the better; we hope it will help build greater ownership by individuals, communities, and organizations,” she adds.

The HSPapp includes the Humanitarian Charter, the Protection Principles, the Core Humanitarian Standard, and humanitarian standards for key areas of humanitarian response, including: water supply, hygiene, and sanitation; shelter and non-food items; food security and nutrition; health action; child protection; education; livestock management; market analysis; and economic recovery.

“Two of the top strategic priorities for the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action are sector integration and localization,” says Audrey Bollier, coordinator for the Alliance. “This app will make the humanitarian standards, including those for child protection, more accessible to frontline workers and clarify our various interlinkages to immensely facilitate that work.”

All content in the HSPapp is available in English, with some standards also accessible in French and Spanish; other languages will be added progressively. The app is available for free from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and soon also from the Microsoft Store.

“Having education standards paired on the same device with the standards from other sectors is mutually reinforcing and adds value to all of them,” says Dean Brooks, Director of the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE). “The INEE Minimum Standards for Education handbook is already the go-to guide for education aid workers around the world, and the HSPapp makes it even easier for them to access this and other world-class tools.”

The HSPapp is a product developed by the Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP), whose members include the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance); Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP); Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE); Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards Project (LEGS); Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP); and Sphere.

Founded on humanitarian principles and human rights, humanitarian standards help practitioners turn principles into action. Humanitarian standards outline what help and protection crisis-affected populations are entitled to, and uphold their right to life with dignity. Developed by thousands of experts globally and based on evidence, experience, and learning, they are among the most recognised statements of accountability in humanitarian work.

Visit humanitarianstandardspartnership.org/launch to find out more and get links to download the HSPapp from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft Store.

Contact: Shemina Amarsy, Humanitarian Standards Partnership (HSP) Coordinator – hsp@sphereproject.org


CPMS News: January 2017

Thanks to all the Coordinators who shared your CPMS-related plans for 2017 with us! The CPMS WG will be working with the coordination group in Guinea to contextualise a second set of standards and implement action identified during their first contextualization in April 2016 as well as with the coordination group in Lebanon to launching and promote contextualised Standards. If you would like to know more about how the CPMS is being used and measured in the field or want to share your work, please contact us at sws (at) tdh.ch and Caroline.Veldhuizen (at) rb.se.

· The Child Protection Mainstreaming Case Studies series is now available. This series includes case studies with the following sectors: Economic Recovery, Education, Health, WASH (and Camp Management), Shelter and Distribution. These case studies are based on interviews with field staff and share recent learning on child protection mainstreaming. The series includes a Facilitators’ Guide and overview of lessons learned.

· We are putting together a reference group to support the development of a Guidance Note for Child Protection Responses during Epidemics. If you have experience working on child protection responses in epidemics and are interested in knowing more, please contact anita.queirazza (at) plan-international.org or sws (at) tdh.ch.

Sphere revision process: January 2017

How will you help us ensure that the cross-cutting topic of “children and child protection” is included in the updated version of the Sphere handbook?

(en français, voir ci-dessous; en español, ver abajo)

Dear colleagues,

As some of you may know, the Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response will be revised during 2017. The Sphere Handbook is the most widely recognized tool and humanitarian operational reference to date. Its contents of the humanitarian charter, protection principles, the Core Humanitarian Standard and minimum standards in the areas of WASH, nutrition, health, shelter and food security are all relevant to helping protect children in humanitarian action.

The Alliance will support efforts to ensure that the cross-cutting topic of Children and Child Protection is well integrated into the updated version of the Sphere Handbook. Tdh has taken on the lead role on behalf of the Alliance and we hope all of the Alliance members will be able to contribute to the revision.

In particular, we would like to invite you to be involved in one of the following options:

1. Participate in the Children and Child Protection Sphere Revision Working Group. This requires a maximum of 12-15 days work over 2017 to help draft the revised text and review drafts. It is essential to be able to work in English.

2. Participate on the Peer Review Group. This requires around 6-9 days work over 2017 to review the revised content and make comments.

3. Organize a consultation at national, agency or office level to review revision drafts. These can take place from April – June 2017 (to comment on Draft 1) or September – October 2017 (to comment on Draft 2). Consultations can be organised with national child protection working groups, partner organisations or in conjunction with Sphere revision consultations on other thematic meetings or workshops taking place in country or in your agency. Guidance and support will be provided to undertake consultations.

4. There will also be opportunities to provide input through online public consultations.

Please let us know if you will be able to participate in option 1, 2, 3 and/or 4. Please contact Susan Wisniewski (sws (at) tdh.ch) with your interest or with any questions.

We encourage you to forward this request to your colleagues and networks working on humanitarian and child protection issues.

Subject Brief: Children and Child Protection in the Sphere Revision

En français:

Chers collègues,

Le manuel Sphère— la Charte humanitaire et les standards minimums de l’intervention humanitaire sera révisé en 2017. Le manuel Sphère est l’outil le plus reconnu et la référence humanitaire pour tout le secteur. Le contenu de la charte humanitaire, les principes de protection et les standards minimums dans les domaines du WASH, de la nutrition, de la santé, du shelter et de la sécurité alimentaire sont tous pertinents pour aider à protéger les enfants dans l’action humanitaire.

L’Alliance soutiendra la révision du Manuel Sphère sur la question intersectorielle des enfants et de la protection des enfants. Tdh prendra le lead au nom de l’Alliance tandis que nous espérons que tous les membres de l’Alliance pourront contribuer à la révision.

En particulier, nous aimerions vous inviter à :

1. Participer au Groupe de Travail sur la thématique de l’enfance et de la protection des enfants pour la révision. Cela nécessite un maximum de 12-15 jours de travail pendant l’année 2017 afin d’aider à rédiger le texte révisé et d’examiner les projets. Il est essentiel de pouvoir travailler en anglais.

2. Participer au Groupe de Revue des Pairs. Cela nécessite environ 6-9 jours de travail en 2017 afin d’ examiner le contenu révisé.

3. Organiser une consultation au niveau national, au niveau de votre agence ou de votre bureau. Les consultations peuvent avoir lieu entre avril – juin 2017 (pour commenter le draft 1) ou septembre – octobre 2017 (pour commenter le draft 2). Des consultations peuvent être organisées avec les groupes nationaux de protection de l’enfance, les organisations partenaires ou en conjonction avec les consultations de révision Sphère sur d’autres thèmes qui se déroulent dans le pays. Des conseils seront fournis pour la mise en œuvre des consultations.

4. Donner votre input à travers les consultations publiques en ligne permettront également de recueillir vos commentaires.

Merci de nous informer si vous préférez participer à l’option 1, 2, 3 et / ou 4 en nous envoyant un email à Susan Wisniewski (sws@tdh.ch). Vous pouvez envoyer aussi toute question au même adresse.

Nous vous encourageons à le faire parvenir à vos collègues et réseaux travaillant sur les questions humanitaires relatives à la protection des enfants et des enfants.


Queridos colegas

Como algunos de ustedes saben, el Manual de Esfera: Carta Humanitaria y Normas Mínimas para la Respuesta Humanitaria será revisado durante 2017. El Manual de Esfera es la herramienta más ampliamente reconocida y la referencia operacional humanitaria hasta la fecha. Su contenido de la Carta Humana, los principios de protección y las normas mínimas en materia de WASH, nutrición, salud, refugio y seguridad alimentaria son pertinentes para ayudar a proteger a los niños en la acción humanitaria.

La Alianza apoyará la garantía de que el tema transversal de Protección de la Infancia y el Niño está bien integrado en la versión actualizada del Manual de Esfera. Tdh ha asumido el papel principal en nombre de la Alianza, mientras esperamos que todos los miembros de la Alianza puedan contribuir a la revisión.

En particular, le invitamos a participar en una de las siguientes opciones:

1. Participar en el Grupo de Trabajo de Revisión de la Esfera de Protección de Niños y Niñas. Esto requiere un máximo de 12-15 días de trabajo a lo largo de 2017 para ayudar a redactar el texto revisado y revisar borradores. Es esencial poder trabajar en inglés.
2. Participar en el Grupo de Revisión por Pares. Esto requiere alrededor de 6-9 días de trabajo a lo largo de 2017 para revisar el contenido revisado.
3. Organizar una consulta a nivel nacional, de agencia o de oficina para revisar borradores de revisión. Estos pueden tener lugar entre abril y junio de 2017 (para comentar el borrador 1) o septiembre y octubre de 2017 (para comentar el borrador 2). Pueden organizarse consultas con grupos nacionales de protección de la infancia, organizaciones asociadas o en conjunción con las consultas de revisión de Esfera sobre otras temáticas que tienen lugar en el país. Se ofrecerán orientación y apoyo para llevar a cabo consultas.

4. También habrá oportunidades para aportar información a través de consultas públicas en línea.

Por favor, háganos saber si usted será capaz de participar en la opción 1, 2, 3 y / o 4. Por favor, póngase en contacto con Susan Wisniewski (sws (at) tdh.ch) con su interés o con cualquier pregunta.

Le animamos a que transmita esto a sus colegas y redes que trabajan en cuestiones humanitarias de protección de niños y niños.

CPMS News: April 2017

In Lebanon, the contextualized Standards have been finalized are now being edited. They will be available in both English and Arabic. Endorsement by the Ministry of Social Affairs is being sought.   After endorsement, plans include a national launch, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs; the development of a contextualized training package and a Training of Trainers workshop; the delivery of CPMS trainings nationally; as well as monitoring and assessment plans for CPMS use at national level. In Serbia, led by the NGO IDEAS, the CPMS were translated into Serbian and printed.  283 copies were distributed to 141 social work centres in the country as well as to 74 civil society organisations.   The interagency case management guidelines were also translated. Between September and December 2016, IDEAS held a series of workshops to introduce the CPMS in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. In total, 203 social work professionals and civil society representatives participated in 5 workshops in Belgrade, Niš, Novi Sad, Kragujevac and Užice. In Afghanistan, a CPMS contextualization workshop was held. 12 Standards were selected from across the four pillars of the CPMS. In China, a permit has been requested to print the CPMS. The online version is available here. In Guinea, CPMS Standards 1-18 (all except the mainstreaming standards) have now been contextualized. Going forward, monitoring the use and application of the contextualized Standards will be supported by the global CPMS Working Future plans for contextualizing the mainstreaming Standards in Guinea are in development.


CPMS News, Feb 2018

The CPMS and Learning and Development Working Groups are looking forward to the next joint training of trainers and CPMS facilitators. The event is hosted by World Vision: just one way that Alliance members contribute to making this an enriched learning experience for all. After a highly competitive process, 23 participants were selected from 15 countries (a mix of staff from local and international NGOs, UN agencies and independent consultants). We look forward to welcoming them to the global Community of Practice for trainers. For details, contact Joanna Wedge or Natalie McCauley (joannawedge@gmail.comnatalie.mccauley@tdh.ch)
The Alliance webinar series continues with a 3-part initiative to strengthen child protection in emergency staff’s knowledge and skills on coaching. The first is February 20, 11 am UTC. Register here. The 2nd and 3rd webinars will focus on skill-building and practice. To participate in subsequent sessions, you must attend the first webinar.

We continue to explore an Arabic language webinar series. If you have any ideas or questions, please contact Joanna Wedge.

The CPMS Working Group is developing a prototype e-course to be used for self-guided learning or as a precursor for general child protection in emergencies workshops (Face-Face or online). There are three components: Introduction to CPMS; Principles and Approaches; and the Standards themselves (with 3 examples). If you and/or your agency would be interested in piloting it (mid-March to mid-April), please contact Joanna Wedge.

A short animated film on the CPMS is coming in May! It is intended to be used to induct newly hired staff with little to no humanitarian experience (with an emphasis on local NGO workers). It will build off the success of This is Samira: think along the lines of “This is Samira’s worker”!  If you would like to be part of the piloting process (April-May), please contact Joanna Wedge.

CPMS News: Aug 2017

Updating the CPMS, 2017-2018.

The Child Protection Minimum Standards aim to ensure that measures to protect children are a central component of all humanitarian action. In June 2017, we asked people to tell us more about how they use the handbook, and how we can improve the standards to make them more relevant. This is what we learned.

CPMS Revision

CPMS Revision FR

CPMS Revision ES

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