Verbal communication is one of the core ways International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) work with children, their families, community members, government officials, and other professionals and volunteers that protect children in humanitarian crises. However, terminology used by staff to describe risks that children face, actions to mitigate those risks, and available services are not always contextualized to the appropriate language and concepts of affected people.
This list of common Community Based Child Protection (CBCP)-related terms and their definitions is not to agree or disagree on standard definitions but is intended to show the evolving definitions INGO actors have around CBCP and to help the international humanitarian community to reflect on how it thinks about and conceptualizes working with and alongside communities on behalf of children. These definitions were collected through a Systematic Review of over 234 documents (both published and grey literature) and provide an orientation from which new ways of talking about work with communities can emerge.
This is a “living” reference document that will be continuously updated as the Inter-agency Community Based Child Protection Task Force outlines new “ways of working” in collaboration with communities, civil society, National NGOs and government actors throughout 2018-2020. Our hope is that this terminology reference document will contribute to more sustainable and meaningful partnerships with communities to create safer environments for children in emergencies.