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.
The Minimum Standards are currently being revised and updated. 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 all the latest evidence.
Since 2012, a wide range of tools and resources has been developed, including a video series in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
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.
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 HSP is currently developing 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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