Newsletter, December 2015

From 12 to 13 November, the Global Child Protection Working Group held its annual meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Read the full report here >>
A new global entity to address the protection of children in humanitarian settings

The existing global child protection working group is evolving in response to today's humanitarian challenges - including mixed migration, climate change and epidemics - as well as the CPWG's own growing size and complexity. The new structure will build on the significant achievements of the existing CPWG, while moving beyond the constraints of the Cluster system.

Major achievements from 2013-2015 include:
  • Child Protection in Emergencies postgraduate diploma;
  • Recruitment of two additional Rapid Response Team members;
  • Roll-out and implementation of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in 36 countries.
A new global structure will operate alongside the Child Protection AoR. It aims to improve sector-wide collaboration, with a view to long-term outcomes and prevention as well as emergency intervention. The new group will be able to work closely with development actors, support IDP and refugee situations, increase programme quality and accountability, expand membership at the national level and explore new funding opportunities. 

Around the World

  • Pakistan: Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Contextualization Workshop.
    Read more >
  • Sudan: Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents in Emergencies: New Training Manual. Read more >
  • Iraq: Update from the Child Protection sub-Cluster. Read more >
Welcome! The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
"It's with great pleasure that the IFRC joins the CPWG. The necessity to protect girls and boys from all forms of violence is shared by our 17 million volunteers across 189 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies. We know that through this coalition, the quality, relevance and scale of our efforts to enhance child protection in emergency preparedness, response and recovery will be substantially strengthened."

"A Matter of Life and Death" launched in Brussels, Belgium

The CPWG's new report, "A Matter of Life and Death: Child Protection Programming's Essential Role in Ensuring Child Wellbeing and Survival During and After Emergencies" was launched in Brussels on 2 December 2015. Hosted by the Directorate for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg's Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, speakers included Henrike Trautmann, ECHO; Katy Barnett, CPWG Coordinator, and Solène Eduoard, ChildFund Alliance's Global Child Protection Advisor and CPWG's Advocacy Task Force Lead.   

CPMS Task Force

The CPMS Task Force held a one-day workshop in Bangkok, alongside the CPWG Annual Meeting. Participants came from UNICEF, Save the Children, World Vision International, Plan, the International Organization for Migration, International Rescue Committee and International Bureau for Child Rights. The workshop provided an opportunity to discuss the CPMS in detail, including contextualization and available learning materials.

Global Humanitarian Standards Partnership

As Sphere companion standards since May 2013, the CPMS have been involved in discussions around the creation of a Global Humanitarian Standards Partnership. The new partnership is intended to facilitate greater and more effective collaboration between members and other technical humanitarian standards initiatives. Standard-users see the partnership as a great opportunity to develop and promote a coherent body of standards spanning multiple sectors and issues, which they believe will significantly increase usage. It is hoped the partnership will improve members’ capacity to understand and address gaps, and to develop additional standards where needed. The partnership will ultimately lead to increased relevance to diverse types and stages of humanitarian crises.

Upcoming events

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: Finalization of the translation of the Child Protection Minimum Standards in Amharic, UNICEF, December 2015.

Dakar, Senegal: Regional Child Protection in Emergencies Training of Trainers and Child Protection Minimum Standards workshop. 

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire: Workshop with government representatives from 7 West African countries to discuss government-led coordination.

For more recent and upcoming CPMS events, read more >

New videos available on the CPWG YouTube channel.

Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents in Emergencies: New Training Manual (in Arabic). Watch now >


New publications available at

Programme Cycle Management: How to incorporate the CPMS into all aspects of the programme cycle. Read now >

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