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The Alliance Working Groups and Task Forces have developed a series of initiatives that align to the current Strategic Plan. Click on the topics below to see how you can participate in, or benefit from, these initiatives.

2019 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Launch of the Second Edition of the Child Protection Minimum Standards

14 and 15 October 2019 – Geneva, Switzerland

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (the Alliance) is organizing its annual meeting in Geneva on 14 and 15 October 2019.  The technical Working Groups and Task Forces of the Alliance will also be meeting on 16 and 17 October 2019. The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for Child Protection actors get to come together and exchange knowledge and experience, while networking with other agencies, academics, policy makers and donors. The annual meeting represents a forum where important themes can be discussed together and ways forward can be framed.

As part of the 2019 revision of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), the Alliance developed this definition series to explore core terms and concepts related to child protection in humanitarian settings. The resources include: 

Community Based Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Definitions and Terminology 
This resource, which provides a list of common Community Based Child Protection (CBCP)-related terms and their definitions, is intended to show the evolving definitions around CBCP.

Discussion Paper: Review of Existing Definitions and Explanations of Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation and Violence against Children
This report examines the main elements of child abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence (nature of the act; perpetrator's relationship to the child; motivation or intent; and outcomes) in ways that recognise the overlap and highlight the distinctions between each type of maltreatment. 

Desk Review on Child Wellbeing in Humanitarian Action: Concepts, Definitions, and Domains
This desk review represents the first step in a larger process to develop an overarching definition of child wellbeing that can be adapted according to context and used to define strategic objectives within humanitarian response.

The Case Management Task Force (CMTF), under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, is completing an intensive capacity-building initiative on Case Management Coaching and Supervision. The Training Package is currently available in English, Arabic, and French. The Spanish version will be launched in 2019. 

The report, "Cash Transfer Programming and Child Protection in Humanitarian Action: Review and Opportunities to Strengthen the Evidence" summarizes the evidence for cash transfer programming and child protection in humanitarian contexts and recommends areas for action and further research. It highlights the gaps, needs, and opportunities found in the literature and confirmed by experts working across child protection, cash transfer programming, and other relevant areas of humanitarian action and international development. 

The Alliance conducted a literature review on the prevalence, patterns and impacts of child neglect in humanitarian contexts. The data show that child neglect is both the most common form of child maltreatment and the leading cause of death in child maltreatment cases. Even so, neglect has been overlooked, particularly in humanitarian contexts. This report will present the results of the review and offer recommendations for further research, prevention and response.

The Alliance has developed a prototype of an e-course on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). Enroll now.

The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) has become one of the key resources for humanitarian workers since its launch in 2012. Years of implementing the CPMS in diverse settings revealed the need for a more user-friendly version of the Standards that would reflect recent sector learning and evidence; improve guidance on prevention, gender and age inclusion, and other cross-cutting themes; and promote applicability to a broader range of humanitarian contexts. 

To that end, the first revision is currently underway under the leadership of the global Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group (CPMS WG) of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (The Alliance). 

The CPMS WG encourages anyone working in child protection and related fields to read the DRAFT Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) 2018 in English, French, Spanish, or Arabic.  For more information on the revision process, please visit: 

The Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) Working Group of the Alliance recently released its newest video resource: "Hannah Has a New Job". This short video was designed as a follow-up to "This is Samira" and is applicable to newly-hired child protection in humanitarian action (CPHA) staff as well as those who want to learn more about using the CPMS to protect children in emergency settings.


Both family separation and detention — unaccompanied or as a family — have proven to be detrimental to children’s overall development and long-term wellbeing. With this in mind, the Alliance developed an advocacy brief to address the separation and detention of children/families along the southern US border. The Alliance also collaborated with the Better Care Network on a second brief to call for improvements on interim care. Both briefs were collaboratively-developed and reflects best practice principles derived from research, field work and international standards of care and protection for children.

The Alliance’s Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group has developed a new guidance note and briefing paper for child protection practitioners on how to ensure that children’s protection needs are considered in preparation for, and in response to, infectious disease outbreaks. These resources were developed in response to an identified gap in available guidance for child protection responses during public health emergencies.


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