The CPMS Handbook

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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In 2010, the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings.

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were finalised in September 2012. Over 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries, including child protection practitioners, humanitarian actors from other sectors, academics and policy-makers, were involved in their development.

The CPMS aim to:

  • Establish common principles among those working in child protection;
  • Improve the quality of child protection programming;
  • Improve accountability within child protection work;
  • Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date;
  • Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.

The standards are accompanied by key actions, measurements (indicators) and guidance notes.

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