The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) has become one of the key resources for humanitarian workers since its launch in 2012. Years of implementing the CPMS in diverse settings revealed the need for a more user-friendly version of the Standards that would reflect recent sector learning and evidence; improve guidance on prevention, gender and age inclusion, and other cross-cutting themes; and promote applicability to a broader range of humanitarian contexts. 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 2019 Edition of the CPMS increases accountability to children and families by incorporating new evidence to improve the quality of our programming, communication, advocacy, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. It creates new and stronger links between child protection and other sectoral actors, prioritising integrated, multisectoral approaches over mainstreamed approaches.
The CPMS revision process relied on inputs from 1900 individuals from 85 agencies across six continents, including children, adolescents and caregivers. The breadth of consultations led to guidance that can be more easily applied to a wider range of humanitarian contexts, such as infectious disease outbreaks, refugee contexts, and mixed migration flows.
As long as there are humanitarian crises, there will be a need for clear, practical guidance for humanitarian child protection. These standards help ensure that child protection interventions are both harmonised across settings and contextualised for specific people and places.
The CPMS is also available in French, Spanish and Arabic.
Please see here to download the summary and full text in the different languages.