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Our Mission

The Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) Working Group supports the participatory setting of sector-wide standards for child protection in humanitarian action, promotes their use and institutionalisation and captures lessons learned to improve them

The Child Protection Minimum Standards

One of the most widely used set of humanitarian standards, the CPMS are a tried and tested solution for child protection practitioners seeking to deepen their professional skills and improve their organisations’ programs.
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Implementing CPMS Across Humanitarian Sectors

Every humanitarian actor has a responsibility and a role to play in protecting children and promoting their well-being. Collaborating across sectors is crucial to achieve these goals and make the most of available resources.
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Working Across Sectors Microsite and Toolkit

Collaborating across humanitarian sectors is crucial to protecting children, promoting their well-being, and making the most of available funding. The CPMS Working Group’s “Working Across Sectors” initiative is gathering technical resources to help practitioners from all sectors achieve just that. The new Working Across Sectors Toolkit for Building Awareness and Support in English, Arabic, French...

Seeing Forced Displacement and Protection Through a Child’s Eyes

Ever wondered what forced displacement looks like to children and what protection means to them? If so, you may want to check «I am Mariam», an Arabic-language illustrated storybook about a young girl forced to flee her violence-torn hometown. The publication reflects the lives of many forcibly displaced children, as its balance of hard-hitting realities and small acts of kindness comes from...

News | E-Course on Minimum Standards Soon Available in Spanish and French

Good news for Spanish- and French-speaking humanitarians interested in strengthening their ability to use the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) in their work. The CPMS eCourse will be available in those languages in just a few weeks. The eCourse allows users to acquire or deepen their knowledge of the standards and of how to implement them in humanitarian settings. It takes only 4-5 hours...


During 2022 and beyond, the Working Group will continue:

  • Overseeing the roll-out of the CPMS 2019 edition
  • Promoting the CPMS implementation across sectors
  • Developing multimedia capacity-building resources,
  • Supporting humanitarian agencies institutionalize the standards
  • Ensuring resources are available in Arabic, French, and Spanish.;


Storybook | Seeing Forced Displacement and Protection Through a Child’s Eyes

Seeing Forced Displacement and Protection Through a Child’s Eyes When her hometown erupted in violence, young Mariam was forced to flee with part of her family. Three years later, she tells her story in I am Mariam, a delightful, illustrated book. Accompanying her in her journey, we discover how she sees the world and learn together what children’s protection means in practice. Experiencing war at...

The Enhanced CPMS Indicators Table

Since their launch in 2012, the inter-agency Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) have significantly improved the quality and measurability of child protection work in humanitarian settings. The measurement framework of the CPMS was updated as part of the revision process that led to the development of the 2019 edition. This aims to better support child protection...

Guidance | A Brief Guide: Selecting Child Protection Minimum Standards Indicators for Application in Programs, Projects or Humanitarian Response Plans

This guidance document provides information on the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) measurement framework. Traditionally, accountability measures in Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) have focused on meeting output benchmarks (such as number of people trained, number of community awareness campaigns carried out, or number referrals to service providers made), rather than...

Working Across Sectors to Promote Children's Protection and Well-Being

Working across sectors to promote children's protection and well-being is a priority for the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. The 2019 Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) also provides focused standards and guidance to better work across sectors in order to prevent and respond to the protection risks children face. Explore the Working Across...

Child Protection Minimum Standards Implementation Toolkit

With the 2019 edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), we are well prepared to improve quality and accountability in children’s protection and well-being. But the CPMS itself is only the first step in improving our responses to protect children. Child protection coordination groups, humanitarian agencies and national and local actors must now work...

Guidance | Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and INSPIRE Strategies

Today, one in four children lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster. Crises tend to last longer and become protracted, increasingly blurring the lines between humanitarian and longer-term development interventions. Preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children at all times, is therefore key. This includes addressing risk factors and...


Webinar | Strengthening Family & Caregiving Environments—CPMS Standard 16 in the Context of COVID-19

For the edited recording, click here. - The CPMS WG is launching a new webinar series to introduce the new standards in the 2019 edition of the CPMS. This webinar focuses on standard 16 - strengthening family and caregiving environments - in the context of the current global COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also include presentation of several real-world examples of family strengthening...

Webinar | Introduction to the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Latin America (Spanish Edition)

Recursos El vídeo Introducción a las Normas Mínimas para la Protección de la Niñez y Adolescencia en la Acción Humanitaria en Latinoamérica 2019 NMPNA y COVID-19 - Webinar Lanzamiento NMPNA en el marco de la emergencia por COVID-19 Únase a nosotros para una exploración de 90 minutos sobre las Normas Mínimas para la Protección de la Niñez y Adolescencia en la Acción Humanitaria. Aprenda sobre la...

Webinar | What's New? The 2019 Edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS)

This webinar - the first in a series to explore the 2019 edition of the CPMS - will introduce the 2019 edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), now available on the Alliance's website: https://cpie.info/2019CPMS. Susanna Davies and Joanna Wedge, co-leads of the CPMS Working Group, will share the major changes in the 2019 edition, answer your questions...

Live Q&A | Child Neglect in Humanitarian Settings

Listen to the edited recording of this Live Q&A. ____________________________________ Join the Alliance for a Live Q&A on on the report, Child Neglect in Humanitarian Settings. Date: Thursday, 24 Jan 2019 Time: 8am (New York) / 1pm (London) / 2pm (Geneva) / 4pm (Nairobi) / 8pm (Bangkok) Participation in the live Q&A will offer a deeper understanding of the evidence on the prevalence, patterns and...

Webinar | Child Protection Minimum Standards Revision - Application in practice and next steps

Since they were launched six years ago, the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) have become an important reference to help ensure that measures to protect children are a central component of all humanitarian action. As part of launching the next stage of the consultation and revision process to update the standards, PHAP and The Alliance organized an online session on 19 June 2018. This was...

Pre-recorded Audio & Transcripts | Protection of Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action hosted a global webinar introducing the newly-released Guidance Note: Protection of Children During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (IDOs) and associated briefing paper. These recordings and associated transcipts are from that webinar. Children are particularly vulnerable during epidemics or pandemics, but inter-agency guidance on how to...

CPMS Working Group Webinar on Coaching, Mentoring and Supervision

What are the differences and similarities between coaching, mentoring and supervision? How can we harness them in the CPiE sector? The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action hosted a lively set of presentations and discussions on the topic. The panel consisted of: Angie Bamgbose (freelance coach and child protection and safeguarding consultant), Stephanie Delany of the Case...

Webinar | Developing and Using Case Studies for CPiE Training Purposes

Using the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) mainstreaming case studies (and facilitators guide), Samantha Newman shared her professional experience of developing and using case studies specifically for training child protection workers in humanitarian settings in this webinar.

Webinar | Sexual Violence and Exploitation of Boys in Humanitarian Settings

A panel explores the latest learning on sexual violence and exploitation of boys in humanitarian settings. The webinar includes discussion on how to get more comfortable addressing the topic during trainings and community outreach sessions.

Webinar | Designing and Implementing CPiE Learning & Development Strategies

In this webinar, Natalie McCauley presents the Alliance's approach to developing and using CP L&D strategies given the limited resources of humanitarian settings. Based on her experience supporting dozens of field operations, she walked us through the steps and issues that need to be considered to ensure success.

Webinar | Engaging Humanitarian Learners - Strengthening child protection within environments of compounded stress

This lively discussion led by colleagues from the Global Trauma Project looked at helping workshop participants transition from front-line, overstretched humanitarian workers to learners for a day (or week). It included lots of tips, examples, and resources.


«Hannah’s New Job» — Becoming a Child Protection Practitioner in Humanitarian Settings

CPMS Standard 9: What Is SGBV and How To Address It in Humanitarian Settings

Standards to Work Across Sectors

Video | Introducing the 2019 Edition of the CPMS


Webinar Recordings: Child Neglect in Humanitarian Settings

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Child Protection for Minimum Standards Working Group Leads

Joanna Wedge, UNICEF

Susanna Davies, Save the Children (Maternity leave)

Chiara Ceriotti, Save the Children (Maternity cover)