*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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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.

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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