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Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group

Led by: 
Save the Children and UNICEF

The mission of the CPMS Working Group, co-led by Save the Children & UNICEF, is to support technical standard setting and to promote the use and integration of the child protection minimum standards while learning from their use and improving them.

1. Purpose of the Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Groups 

To support standard setting and promote the use and integration of the CPMS while learning from their use and improving them.

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) have become one of the key resources for humanitarian workers since their launch in 2012. The CPMS have been developed to support child protection work in humanitarian settings by:

  • Establishing common principles between those working in child protection;
  • Strengthening coordination between humanitarian actors;
  • Improving the quality of child protection programming and its impact on children;
  • Improving the accountability of child protection programming;
  • Defining the professional field of child protection in humanitarian aciton;
  • Providing a synthesis of good practice and learning to date; and 
  • Strengthening advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses. 

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. This revision benefitted from the input of over 1,900 individuals in 85 countries. 

2. Key Priorities

  • Oversee the roll-out of the 2019 Edition of the CPMS.
  • Support institutionalisation and integration of the CPMS within humanitarian agencies' internal policies and practices.
  • Build capacity to understand and use the CPMS through multimedia tools and videos, webinars and technical support. 
  • Ensure all resources are translated into Arabic, French, and Spanish. 


3. Key Tools and Resources

4. Working Group Member Organisations

  • AoR
  • ChildFund 
  • Child Soldiers International
  • Columbia University
  • CPC Network
  • Danish Refugee Council
  • DPKO 
  • Geneva Call
  • Global Partnership to End VaC
  • Goal 
  • ICRC
  • ILO
  • International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent
  • IOM
  • IRC 
  • Islamic Relief
  • KCS Coalition 
  • Nirengi Association
  • PLAN 
  • Save the Children
  • Terre des hommes 
  • Viva
  • WarChild NL
  • WarChild  UK 
  • WHO
  • World Vision

5. Contact Details

HSP Logo The Humanitarian Standards Partnership app (HSPapp) provides user-friendly access to global humanitarian standards on mobile devices.


Sphere Logo The CPMS are recognized as Companion Standards to the Sphere Project’s Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response.


Discussion Forum

CPMS Working Group

This a forum for the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) Working Group. Specific discussions can be open to the Alliance community at large or closed just for the members of the Working Group.

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