Newsletter, December 2014

From 5 to 9 November, the UNICEF-led Child Protection Working Group held its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Read the full report here >


Turkey-Syria Response: Frontline Workers' Training. Read more >
Burundi and Great Lakes: Child Protection Minimum Standards Launch and Contextualization. Read more >
Republic of Yemen: Child Protection in Emergencies Face to Face Training. Read more >

Islamic Relief Worldwide is delighted to become a full member of the CPWG after being involved with the Group as associates for 3 years. With over 40,000 orphans sponsored worldwide, children have been at the heart of IRW’s work over the past 30 years. This is a step forward for IRW in strengthening its commitment to the protection of children. As one of the largest Muslim INGOs, IRW brings a unique approach in promoting the use of Islamic teachings to provide safeguards from harm.
The International Organization for Migration integrates child protection considerations in the analysis and in the response to the effects of natural and human-made disasters on migrants, displaced persons and affected populations. IOM acknowledges good child protection practices in some of the humanitarian as well as the recovery programmes conducted so far. IOM wishes to actively contribute to the identification of appropriate solutions for children affected or at risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. 
A warm welcome to Helen Johnson, Intern, CPWG. Helen has worked for Save the Children and the Refugee Council for 6 years, in fundraising, campaigning and capacity building roles. Alongside her internship with the CPWG, Helen is studying a post graduate course in sexual violence and hopes to start the CPiE diploma in Feb 2015. Interning with the CPWG is a fantastic opportunity to gain a broad insight into the humanitarian system and the Child Protection Minimum Standards. Helen is eager to work in the field ASAP and will be looking for technical and project management roles early in 2015.
A bientôt! Emmanuelle Haug, Intern, CPWG. After 4 years as Senior Strategic Manager at Procter & Gamble's European headquarters, Emmanuelle decided to switch from the private sector to the humanitarian field. Seconded by the Swiss government, she was offered the wonderful opportunity to join the CPWG and the Education Cluster Units. Emmanuelle worked on the CPWG video and was involved in the Ebola response. From January 2015, Emmanuelle will take part in the CPiE post graduate diploma and assume a position with Terre des Hommes in Guinea to work on the Ebola response. 

CPIE Coordination Training, 1-5 Dec 2014, Thailand

20 participants gathered in Bangkok in early December for inter-agency coordination training delivered by the CPWG and Plan International. Drawing on different experiences – from dedicated national coordinators, NGO partners to double-hatting sub cluster leads – participants explored all six cluster functions via hands on simulation, role play, group discussion and presentations. Feedback on the training was overwhelmingly positive. Participants highlighted improved capacity and confidence in delivering their role and the strength of developing new peer networks. The next coordination training will be in 2015. Places are limited so keep an eye out on the CPWG website for information on how to apply!

CPMS Task Force

Two videos (“Introduction to the CPMS” and “How to Use the CPMS”) are available in English and French on the CPWG YouTube channel. The Arabic version will be available in January 2015. Five further training videos on the Standards for Sexual Violence, Unaccompanied and Separated Children, Psychosocial Distress and Mental Disorders, Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups and Child Labour will be available in January 2015 in English.

CPMS Task Force held a one-day meeting in Geneva in November, to discuss the monitoring, implementation and use of the CPMS. 14 member organizations were represented. 


In October and November the CPMS Task Force worked closely with the Child Protection Sub-Cluster in Burundi to organize both the Great Lakes Regional Workshop and the launch and contextualization of the CPMS in Burundi. Also in November, the CPMS and Save the Children co-funded a training in Arabic for 25 frontline workers in Turkey (detailed above).

The Task Force will be contributing support to upcoming roll-outs of the CPMS in Indonesia, Afghanistan, Sudan and the Central African Republic in the upcoming quarter. A two-day Training of Trainers on CPMS facilitation will also take place in Bangkok in January 2015.


  • Remote: Self-care Webinar with UNICEF MENA, December 2014
  • Turkey: Information Management Training, December 2014
  • Indonesia: CPMS Translation and Contextualization, 6-23 January 2015.
  • Thailand: Global-level Training of Trainers, with World Vision International, 26-31 January 2015.

For more recent and upcoming CPMS events, read more >

The Inter-agency review of the responses to the worst forms of child labour in emergencies is now available on the CPWG website. The task force is contributing to the Minimum Standards video series. A draft version of the video is being reviewed.
The Face to Face module on child labour has been finalized and included in the global CPWG package. Two new organizations have joined the group: IOM and the International Cocoa Initiative.

The task force now includes 13 agencies and a number of independent consultants. The task force continues to provide distance support on child labour in emergencies to country Child Protection Working Groups on requested.

In October and November, the Case Management Task Force focused on 2 activities: finalizing the work plan for 2015-16 and designing the Arabic translation of the Case Management Guidelines. The work plan is focused specifically on bringing the Case Management materials developed in 2014 to the field level, supporting countries in the contextualization process and continuing to build capacity on case management at country, regional and global levels. 

During the CPWG annual meeting, several countries expressed interest in greater involvement in the work of the Case Management Task Force. We have decided to select 3 countries where we will directly support the implementation and functioning of the Case Management system. 


(Formerly known as Capacity-Building)

In the lead up to the global annual meeting, two conference calls were held with the task force. Minutes are available – 25.09.14 and 09.10.14.
October 2014: In partnership with Save the Children Australia, a CPiE Face to Face training and CPMS Launch held in Melbourne, Australia. Read more >

October 2014: Child Protection in Emergencies Training in the Republic of Yemen. Read more >

Interviewing Children in the context of Armed Conflict –Webinar held with UNICEF MENA. Watch here >

CPWG Learning and Development Ebola Strategy drafted with key actions for follow-up and inputs from various partners. 

A DropBox has been created with training materials developed and being used in the Ebola response.


First, welcome to our newest member – the International Organization for Migration!

Members of the Task Force on Unaccompanied and Separated Children met in Geneva at the Annual Meeting to review the 2015-2016 work plan. Discussions focused on strategic field staff support such as the availability of the Alternative Care in Emergencies toolkit and the Unaccompanied and Separated Children field handbook, including further translation and training activities.

We have worked closely with the Consultant developing the CPMS Standard 13 video, and members have engaged with the project on the measurement of child separation during emergencies. The team will participate in the project reflection and learning workshop to be held in New York on December 3-4, 2014.



The Advocacy Task Force organized a series of fundraising workshops. These one-day workshops aim to support CPWG members and partners’ efforts to secure grants for Child Protection programmes. Participants learn about the new Fundraising handbook, developed by the CPWG, in partnership with the Gender-Based Violence AoR. Participants develop skills in proposal writing, and are even able to practice their communication skills with donors with an interactive panel. Stay tuned for more dates! 


Work has focussed on the Child-Friendly Spaces research. A highlight was the finalization and publication of another outcome and impact evaluation of Child-Friendly Spaces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The study - 6th in a series and the first to be conducted in an IDP context - has been jointly implemented with Queen Mary University as an academic partner, UNICEF and AVSI. Download the report here.


New videos available on the CPWG YouTube channel.

See "What the CPWG does", "Using the CPMS" and "Introducing the CPMS". Watch now >


New publications available at

News Article about CPWG's participation in meeting to protect civilians in armed conflict. Read now >

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