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The Alliance Working Groups and Task Forces have developed a series of initiatives that align to the current Strategic Plan. Click on the topics below to see how you can participate in, or benefit from, these initiatives.

Technical Notes

The Alliance has now produced a version 2 of the technical note on the protection of children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this brief is to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during a COVID-19 pandemic.

Annexes include:

• Technical Note: Adaptation of Child Protection Case Management to the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Technical Note: Child Helplines and the Protection of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic
• Key Messages and Considerations for Programming for Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups
• Working with Communities to Keep Children Safe 
• Technical Note: COVID-19 and Child Labour
• COVID 19: Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse and Neglect in the Home
• Social Service Workforce Safety and Wellness during the COVID-19 Response: Recommended Actions
• Protection of Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Children and Alternative Care
• Technical Note: COVID-19 and Children Deprived of their Liberty

Other resources

• The webinar recordings for these technical notes can be found here. For upcoming webinars, please look below.
• The Protected! Podcast: COVID-19 Edition can be found here.
• The evidence synthesis series (a bi-weekly digest of COVID-19 related resources can be found here.
• You are also welcome to join the Child Protection and COVID-19 Forum for peer support.

It is with great pride that the global Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group (CPMS WG) of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance) unveils the 2019 Edition of the CPMS.

The CPMS endeavours to be both comprehensive and concise. In order to accomplish that goal, we have developed a set of online-only materials that complement and complete the print version. Those materials are collected here and will be periodically updated as needed:

The 2019 edition of the CPMS (along with other standards) is available on the Humanitarian Standards Partnership app.

To support your use of the 2019 Edition of the CPMS, the Alliance has also developed the following:

• Summary of the 2019 Edition of the CPMS
• What's New in the 2019 Edition? (2 pager)
• What's New in the 2019 Edition? (Powerpoint)

The Case Management Task Force (CMTF) is launching a Global Case Management Online Learning Series where Child Protection practitioners are invited to participate, learn, and engage with global resources to support case management in humanitarian settings.

What will I learn from the Online Learning Series?

The Online Learning Series in an innovative approach to respond to the demand for more technical guidance, resources and support on case management. The CMTF will be introducing key inter-agency global resources for Child Protection and Case Management. We will be exploring the practical uses of each resource to improve our responses to children affected by humanitarian disasters through strengthening the capacity and quality of case management for the most vulnerable children.

Who is the Online Learning Series for?

The primary audience for the Online Learning Series are country-level technical groups working on CP case management in humanitarian settings. This may be a country, or regional Case Management Task Force or Child Protection Working Group. International and field level emergency responders who have an interest or are actively working with vulnerable children in humanitarian settings are also welcome to join the learning series.

For the whole series: https://casemanagement.alliancechpa.org

The Parenting and MHPSS Webinar Series is hosted by the Family Strengthening Task Force, highlighting promising examples on parenting and MHPSS.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) is hosting the 2019 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Geneva on 14 and 15 October 2019. The technical Working Groups and Task Forces of the Alliance will be meeting on 16 and 17 October 2019. The Alliance will also launch the 2019 Edition of the CPMS on 15 October 2019. Key portions of the annual meeting and launch will be shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Meeting details can also be found on CiCG's conference website and app [event code: FTH2019].

Key documents to review include: 

1. Event booklet

2. Agenda of the Annual Meeting ​

3. Background paper on the humanitarian-development nexus and child protection

4. Summary of submitted abstracts

5. Invitation to the CPMS Launch 

6. Admin note for face-to-face participants in Geneva

Resources related to the 2019 Edition of the CPMS can be found here.

As part of the 2019 revision of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), the Alliance developed this definition series to explore core terms and concepts related to child protection in humanitarian settings. The resources include: 

Community Based Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Definitions and Terminology 
This resource, which provides a list of common Community Based Child Protection (CBCP)-related terms and their definitions, is intended to show the evolving definitions around CBCP.

Discussion Paper: Review of Existing Definitions and Explanations of Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence against Children
This report examines the main elements of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence (nature of the act; perpetrator's relationship to the child; motivation or intent; and outcomes) in ways that recognise the overlap and highlight the distinctions between each type of maltreatment. 

Desk Review on Child Wellbeing in Humanitarian Action: Concepts, Definitions, and Domains
This desk review represents the first step in a larger process to develop an overarching definition of child wellbeing that can be adapted according to context and used to define strategic objectives within humanitarian response.

The Case Management Task Force (CMTF), under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, is completing an intensive capacity-building initiative on Case Management Coaching and Supervision. The Training Package is currently available in English, Arabic, and French. The Spanish version will be launched in 2019. 

The Alliance has developed a prototype of an e-course on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). Enroll now.

The report, "Cash Transfer Programming and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Review and Opportunities to Strengthen the Evidence" summarizes the evidence for cash transfer programming and child protection in humanitarian contexts and recommends areas for action and further research. It highlights the gaps, needs, and opportunities found in the literature and confirmed by experts working across child protection, cash transfer programming, and other relevant areas of humanitarian action and international development. 

The Alliance conducted a literature review on the prevalence, patterns and impacts of child neglect in humanitarian contexts. The data show that child neglect is both the most common form of child maltreatment and the leading cause of death in child maltreatment cases. Even so, neglect has been overlooked, particularly in humanitarian contexts. This report will present the results of the review and offer recommendations for further research, prevention and response.


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