In 2010, Alliance members came together to agree on a capacity building strategy for the sector. Humanitarian response reviews, as well as the CPWG Annual Survey, repeatedly highlight both the need to develop the pool of high quality, deployable child protection personnel, and to develop the child protection capacity of frontline staff at the national level.

The Alliance’s Learning and Development Working Group coordinates efforts to build capacity and plays an important role in capacity needs analysis – understanding and mapping learning and development in the global child protection in emergencies sector, and planning for the future.

The Alliance’s 2016-2017 work plan sets out three objectives for the Learning and Development Working Group:

  1. Develop, promote and distribute agreed products and processes to build capacity of child protection actors including those working with governments and communities.
  2. Increase the number of humanitarian staff who are trained to deliver and support child protection in humanitarian settings.
  3. Build on the post-graduate diploma project, including through tertiary education uptake of and contribution to expertise including further studies and research.

The Learning and Development Working Group has developed a series of training packages. Many are available in multiple languages.

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L+D News, January 2017

As the Alliance Coordinator has articulated, one of our goals is to ensure that “the entire child protection sector is technically strong”. To fulfill that vision, the Learning & Development Working Group has been reconstituted under the leadership of UNHCR, Terre des hommes, UNICEF and the AoR. It is currently finalising the 2017 workplan and will soon be recruiting a full time Focal Point (please check back on the Alliance webpage).
In late March, the Working Group is co-organising a Training of Trainers with the CPMS Working Group. 25 participants, representing national and international NGOs, as well as UN agencies from primarily Africa and the Middle East, will gather in Nairobi to explore the Alliance’s approach to learning and to increase their own capacity building skills.


ToT / CPMS Facilitation workshop: The latest in this global series of workshops was held in Nairobi on March 27-31. 25 participants from over 10 countries and 13 organizations gathered for a week of theory of learning and practice of their skills. Sessions ranged from troubleshooting panels to an exercise contextualizing off-the-shelf modules, from best practices in monitoring and evaluating our capacity-building efforts to contextualizing the CPMS. Many thanks to all the agencies who enabled such a successful event – our hosts, those who lent staff, filmed the participants, came to present a topic. etc. And finally, we are pleased to announce that the CPMS Working Group has funds for one more workshop in the next year; more information will be provided on the Alliance website.

Webinar series:
The CPMS Working Group is happy to announce a webinar series for CPiE trainers. Selected topics include: case studies (how to develop them and use them effectively in capacity-building); sexual violence against marginalized children (what is the latest evidence, positive programming practices; training tips); mapping tools for child protection (high tech and low tech approaches to mapping), and more. Look out for details of each session on the Facebook page and twitter feed. While most will be in English, we are organizing to have at least one session each in French, Spanish, and Arabic.
CPMS e-course:
A short e-course introducing the basics of the CPMS has been developed. It blends basic information with the CPMS video series, and then quizzes viewers to see what they have learnt. The course was piloted in Georgia in March and received feedback from the Community of Practice of CPiE trainers. The goal is to roll out a final version in May.

L+D News, Feb 2018

The Learning and Development Working Group is currently updating and re-branding the Child Protection in Emergencies Face-to-Face training package in preparation for the Training of Trainers in Nairobi next month. This update will benefit the entire sector and is the first phase of the revision of this package.

Across February and March 2018, the Learning and Development Working Group will be working on the revision of the Child Protection in Emergencies Competency Framework. We invite anyone interested in participating in this process to contact Natalie McCauley via

In collaboration with the Unaccompanied and Separated Children and Child Labour Task Forces, the Learning and Development Working Group is developing short videos to promote the current work of these groups including new training, tool kits and guidance.

For any further information or technical assistance, please contact Natalie McCauley via           

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