The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were launched in 2012 as a global tool to provide guidance on ensuring the protection of all boys and girls from violence, exploitation, abuse and neglect specifically while preparing for and responding to humanitarian situations. The Standards allow child protection actors to speak the same language, which facilitates better program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coordination of the above.
Contextualizing the CPMS is important not only because of the final result - i.e. adapted Standards that are widely used in country to inform and guide policy, practice, contingency planning, strategy etc. - but as a process itself because it helps build a strong community of practitioners and policymakers who are vested in the development and delivery of quality, accountable protection of all emergency-affected children. The contextualization can also serve as useful team-building and capacity building exercise, where local staff (regardless of whether they hold high positions within their organizations) could take on the lead and ownership of the process: they are the ones who have the most context-specific knowledge and understanding of … systems, processes, laws, policies etc.” (INEE, 2013:10).
In summary, contextualization is an optional, but encouraged, process that allows the Minimum Standards - and their associated tools - to be made more relevant, applicable and accessible individuals and organizations that are responsible for child protection, as well as for children and communities themselves.
This guide and related resources provide practical guidance for contextualizing the CPMS.