The CPMS Handbook

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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The Child Protection Working Group Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) establish common principles aimed at strengthening coordination amongst — and improving accountability of — child protection workers. The Child Protection handbook provides a synthesis of good practice and learning and enables better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

Handbook standards designed to ensure a quality child protection response focus on key programming concepts. Standards addressing child protection needs cover core work areas and critical issues. Those addressing strategy relate to case management, community-based child protection, child-friendly spaces and protection of excluded children. A fourth set of standards gives guidance on how workers in other sectors can ensure that their programmes are accessible and beneficial to children.

Based on principles like the need to avoid exposing people to further harm as a result of one's actions, or to ensure access to impartial assistance, the standards are accompanied by key actions, measurements (indicators) and guidance notes.

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