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.

Webinar series

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action hosts webinars. If your role includes building the capacity of staff, partners and local actors to protect girls and boys in emergencies, it may be of interest to you!

Drawing from expertise within the sector and from external sources, the webinars aim to be informative and lively discussions on topics of our day. Most of them will focus on training approaches (e.g. case studies, distance learning, mapping); however, a few will provide updates on technical areas (e.g. sexual violence against children with disabilities; sexual violence against boys). We will keep you informed as the new sessions are announced.

The majority of webinars are in English; however, some are available in French, Spanish and Arabic. All sessions will be recorded. Below you will find upcoming and recorded webinars. Feel free to suggest new topics and speakers!

Feb-Aug 2018

Webinar: CP Case Management Supervision and Coaching Training Package

The Alliance launched the webinar on the Child Protection Case Management Supervision and Coaching Training package, with pre-recorded presentations and a live Q&A. For more information, click here.

Webinar: Protection of Children during Infectious Disease Outbreaks

The Alliance launched the webinar on the protection of children during infectious disease outbreaks composed of a short presentation and highlights from the live Q&A. For more information, click here.

Webinar: Mine Risk

The Alliance hosted a live Q&A with child protection and mine action experts. Participants were encouraged to watch four short videos ahead of the call. These videos address essential issues, including mine risk education, child focused victim assistance and advocacy. For more information, click here.

Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Coaching Webinars

Three webinars are being organised to support child protection staff in the humanitarian sector to strengthen their knowledge and skills to provide effective coaching. The first webinar will be open to anyone interested in coaching in CPIE. Following this webinar, participants will be invited to complete a questionnaire asking what their interest is in the second and third webinars. Responses will inform the tailoring of the 2nd and 3rd webinars; 15 of the people who replied to the questionnaire will be invited to join the final webinars.

To be selected for the 2nd phase of the series, participants will have to commit to practice coaching between the two webinars. This will enable the sessions to be participatory and respond to the participants’ needs as they develop.

Webinar 1: Defining coaching mentoring and supervision for child protection actors within the humanitarian sector

Date: 20 February 2018 at 11am GMT (75 mins)

This webinar will differentiate between coaching, mentoring and supervision. There will be a panel discussion featuring presentations from Angie Bamgbose (freelance coach and child protection and safeguarding consultant), Stephanie Delanay on the Case Management Task Force supervision pilot and Courtlin Stoker on the Save the Children mentoring programmes. This will be followed by a Q&A.

After the webinar, we will circulate a questionnaire for participants to outline their coaching and mentoring roles, and to identify their capacity, achievements and challenges. Based on those submissions, 15 respondents will be invited to attend the second two webinars. You MUST have participated in the first webinar to apply.

Webinar 2: Skills and models for coaching, mentoring and supervision

Date: Mid- March

This webinar will explore key coaching skills to build rapport and trusting relationships (including distance relationships). The GROW model of coaching (John Whitmore) will be shared to provide a simple structure for sessions.

Information will be given on how to contract for coaching (agree expectations/ objectives/ what the coaching will address, frequency, timing, confidentiality etc.)

Participants practice coaching in the time between the 2nd and 3rd webinars, and provide feedback to inform the third webinar.

Webinar 3: Reflection on coaching implementation since the first two webinars

Date: Mid-May

It is important for coaches, mentors and supervisors to have opportunities to reflect on their coaching to promote quality, continue to strengthen capacity and receive support. This webinar will act as a safe space to reflect on the coaching that participants have engaged with since the start of the series.

Previous webinars (more to follow shortly)

1. Sexual violence and exploitation of boys (EN)

Suhail Abualsameed and Chris Dolan explored the latest learning on sexual violence and exploitation of boys in humanitarian settings. The webinar includes discussion on how to become more comfortable addressing the topic during trainings and community outreach sessions.

2. Engaging Humanitarian Learners: strengthening child protection within environments of compounded stress (EN)

This lively discussion led by colleagues from the Global Trauma Project looked at how we can help workshop participants transition from front-line, overstretched humanitarian workers to learners for a day (or week). It included lots of tips, examples and resources.

3. Designing and Implementing CPiE Learning and Development Strategies (EN)

Natalie McCauley presented the Alliance’s approach to developing and using Child Protection Learning and Development strategies given the limited resources of humanitarian settings. Based on her experience supporting dozens of field operations, she walked us through the steps and issues that need to be considered to ensure success.

4. Developing and using case studies for child protection in emergencies training purposes (EN)

Using the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) mainstreaming case studies (and facilitators’ guide), Samantha Newman shared her professional experience of developing and using case studies specifically for training (child) protection workers in humanitarian settings.



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.

Training of Trainers, 2018

Upcoming training opportunity: Child Protection in Emergencies and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Emergencies, Nairobi, 19-23 March 2018

After training workshops in London (Jan 2014), Bangkok (Jan 2015), Beirut (March 2015), Dakar (Jan 2016, in French), and Nairobi (March 2017), the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (Alliance) is happy to announce the next global Training of Trainers on Child Protection in Emergencies and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, which will take place from 19-23 March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya. Once again, World Vision has kindly agreed to host the workshop.

The series aims to expand the pool of qualified and multilingual trainers who are familiar with the Alliance’s pedagogy, Child Protection in Emergencies training materials and CPMS resources and processes. The workshop will focus on building participants’ face to face and online training and facilitation skills. We will use the CPiE Face to Face training package, with reference to other packages such as Child Protection Rapid Assessment and Case Management. However, please note that this is not a workshop on child protection in emergencies; participants are expected to arrive with extensive prior knowledge and experience.

CPMS-related sessions will be integrated into the programme. Participants will consider how to use and adapt the CPMS using the interagency package “An Introduction to the CPMS for frontline workers”, as well as innovative uses of the CPMS video series and an understanding of the current revision process.

Individual consultants’ application deadline: 19 January 2018

Please note that there is a separate application process for staff. To apply for a place, you must be currently working in one of the following priority countries: Nigeria, South Sudan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Syria (or its cross-border operation), Turkey, or Iraq (for details about the selection process, please contact the inter-agency/ CPWG coordinator) – or regions: Pacific islands, Latin America & the Caribbean, West & Central Africa (for any of those, please contact the relevant UNICEF regional office). Only applications that come via the coordination groups in those countries & regions will be considered.

Further info and application form, INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS

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           

L + D News, April 2018

All the recordings from the CPMS webinar series are now available online > 

The Learning and Development Working Group welcomes 23 newcomers to the Alliance’s Community of Practice for Child Protection in Emergencies Trainers. Representing 13 national and international agencies (and 4 consultants), they were the participants at the most recent global Training of Trainers workshop, held in Nairobi. For further details on joining the Community of Practice or to share ideas please contact Joanna Wedge  (

A video introducing new staff to the CPMS will be ready in June. We are looking for  colleagues – particularly in national organizations – who were hired within the last 6 months (or who have only previously worked in development settings) to test the final version. If you are interested or can recommend someone, please contact Joanna (above) by May 3rd.

L+D News, May 2018

Child Protection in Emergencies Face to Face Training Package – is going through a revision and update process over the next 6 to 12 months. This will align it with the revisions of the CPMS as well as new research and findings from the field in the past 4 years. The initial stage of rebranding the old package has been complete and can be found here. If you would like further information, or you have suggestions for this revision, please contact –

Child Protection in Emergencies Competency Framework – First developed in 2010, this key strategic document is now undergoing a process of revision. The initial stage (February to April 2018) involved a desk review, and key informant interviews with an initial report produced. We will now be conducting a first stage revision based on these outcomes. If you would like to be involved in future revisions, please contact –

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