The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Published by The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), 2013


These standards strive to strengthen coordination, improve the quality of protection programs, increase accountability and enable better communication on issues involving child protection in humanitarian work.
 
Children often make up more than 50 per cent of the population affected by conflicts or disasters around the world. Exploitation, violence, separation and sexual abuse are but a few of the hardships they suffer in emergency situations. Because of the gravity of these circumstances, the global community is compelled to respond to the needs of these children.
 
In recognition of this, the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action were launched in Geneva, Switzerland on 29, October 2012.  This long-awaited document was compiled by the 22 organisations and agencies which comprise the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG). 
 
The CPWG is the global level forum for coordination on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and others under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies. In the humanitarian system, the CPWG constitutes an “area of responsibility” within the Global Protection Cluster. 

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