We are quickly approaching the launch of the 2019 Edition of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), and the excitement is mounting. There are some obvious changes to the CPMS - a new cover design, added graphics, realigned pillars - but the real changes are between the covers.
The 2019 Edition of the CPMS increases accountability to children and families by incorporating new evidence to improve the quality of our programming, communication, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. It creates new and stronger links between child protection and other sectoral actors, prioritising integrated, multisectoral approaches over mainstreamed approaches.
The CPMS revision process relied on inputs from 1900 individuals from 85 agencies across six continents, including children, adolescents and caregivers. The breadth of consultations led to guidance that can be more easily applied to a wider range of humanitarian contexts, such as infectious disease outbreaks, refugee contexts, and mixed migration flows.
As long as there are humanitarian crises, there will be a need for clear, practical guidance for humanitarian child protection. These standards help ensure that child protection interventions are both harmonised across settings and contextualised for specific people and places.
The launch of the CPMS begins in Geneva on October 25, 2019 at the Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, but it doesn't end there. Keep an eye on Facebook / Twitter or the Alliance's CPMS Revision Page for information on updated training materials, translations, and country-level roll-outs.