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 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.

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 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) and Caroline.Veldhuizen (at)

· 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) or sws (at)

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: 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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