Newsletter, October 2015

Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Roll out 2013-2015

28 countries so far!



The Philippines: Institutionalization of the CPWG in all Administrative Regions. Read more > 
Hungary: Protection in Practice Training of Trainers. Read more >
Sahel countries, DRC and CAR: Humanitarian Needs Overview and Humanitarian Response Plan. Read more > 
Indonesia: Minimum Standards for Child Protection and Contextualized Standards Launched. Read more > 
Côte d'Ivoire: Child Protection in Emergencies Training.

A Matter of Life and Death

The purpose of this major research project was to answer the question: Does child protection in humanitarian action save lives? The answer is a resounding yes. The report collects data from both qualitative and quantitative sources to support the findings. Read it here >

Accompanying advocacy and communications materials for practitioners, donors and humanitarian decision-makers (infographics, posters and summaries). Read more  >
Welcome! Sara Lim Bertrand is the Child Protection Working Group's new Help Desk Consultant for field-level child protection coordination. Sara takes over from Tina Fischer (who you may have known as Hanna-Tina) and brings more than 10 years of child protection experience to the role. Sara has worked in a variety of emergency contexts with UN agencies and NGOs, most recently in Rwanda with UNHCR. Sara now lives in Colorado, USA. You can reach her on +1-719-421-9776 or salim (at)
Welcome! Carla Martinho is the new CPWG volunteer. Born in Portugal, Carla initially completed teacher training (Natural Sciences: Biology and Geology), before deciding to travel and volunteer abroad. For almost four years, Carla worked and volunteered in countries including Norway, Mozambique, China and Denmark, on various projects connected to Education and HIV/AIDS awareness. Passionate about many areas of humanitarian work, Carla has chosen to pursue a career in Child Protection.

CPMS Task Force

The Programme Cycle Management Guidance is now available! Read it here >

This new publication expands on Standard 4 to guide child protection actors on how to use the CPMS in every aspect of child protection programming in emergencies. It draws on the CPMS principles and key actions related to programme cycle management found thoughout the 26 standards.

The guidance emphasises interagency coordination among child protection actors, including community-based organisations, national and international NGOs, government and UN agencies. It references interagency coordination mechanisms relevant for cluster, cluster-like (non-refugee) and refugee situations.

Translations of the CPMS are underway in Chinese, Pashto, Bangla, Myanmar and Sango. This is in addition to the
8 language versions already available. Please contact susan.wisniewski (at) and minja.peuschel (at) to request the guidance note or financial support for your local language translation.

French and Arabic translations of the CPMS video series on the five Child protection needs standards are underway.

An evaluation of the roll-out and use of the CPMS globally and at country level will begin in November. Watch this space!

Child Friendly Spaces

World Vision and Columbia University are happy to announce the final report for the Child Friendly Space Impact Evaluations, available here >

The report summarizes findings from the first three years (2012, 2013 and 2014), when six multi-agency evaluations of Child Friendly Spaces were undertaken in five emergency contexts.

A companion document, Tools and Guidance for Monitoring and Evaluating Child Friendly Spaces, was developed in close collaboration with Save the Children. It brings together practical guidance, lessons learned, and monitoring and evaluation tools. 

Learning and Development Task Force

As part of its involvement in developing the Child Protection in Emergencies postgraduate diploma, the CPWG commissioned the Child Protection in Emergencies Capacity Building Mapping and Market Analysis. The report focuses on three strands of enquiry:
  • A mapping of existing CPiE learning and development courses;
  • A current CPiE sector needs analysis;
  • A 'user demand' analysis.
The report finds: "Now, more than ever, the Child Protection in Emergencies practitioner workforce needs -- and deserves -- significantly more resources and quality, effective capacity building initiatives to be able to serve the increasing numbers of children in emergencies".

Recognizing the growing importance of academic-humanitarian partnerships, bringing together those working in the field and those who can ground theory in practice, Academic and Humanitarian Partnerships: Lessons and Recommendations from the CPiE Postgraduate Diploma aims to contribute to sector learning by highlighting issues identified by an external partnership and process evaluation of the CPiE postgraduate diploma initiative.


  • Bangkok, Thailand: CPWG Annual Meeting, 12-13 November, plus numerous side events. 
For more events related to the roll out and implementation of the CPMS read more >

New videos available on the CPWG YouTube channel.

Watch now >

New publications including A Matter of Life and Death: Child protection programming's essential role in ensuring child wellbeing and survival during and after emergencies
and the new Programme Cycle Management Guidance are available at
Read now >
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