Join the Child Protection in Humanitarian Action community

Lauren Bienkowski • 18 October 2021

The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (Global CP AoR) and Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action have partnered to organize and facilitate this Community of Practice (CoP) to provide a safe, online space for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) practitioners to communicate with other practitioners and share resources, updates and promising practices. Family for Every Child supports this initiative via the Changemakers for Children platform.

Join this group to:

  • Connect with colleagues and fellow CPHA practitioners around the world.
  • Communicate: Ask questions. Discuss current issues and practices.
  • Share ideas, updates, events and resources.
  • Take action: Learn how to use Changemakers for Children platform to further children's rights here
  • Access the sub-group on Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups.

Sign up to Changemakers for Children to access this community. Select 'Child Protection in Humanitarian Action' as a community of interest at registration. Already a member? Access this community of practice below. 

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About Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Child protection is the ‘prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children’.

The objectives of humanitarian action are to:

  • Save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and after disasters; and
  • Strengthen preparedness for any future crises.

Humanitarian crises can be caused by humans, such as conflict or civil unrest; they can result from disasters, such as floods and earthquakes; or they can be a combination of both. Humanitarian crises often have long-lasting, devastating effects on children’s lives.

For more on child protection in humanitarian settings, check out the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.  The minimum standards are available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. 

About your community moderators

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility (Global CP AoR) envision a world in which children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in humanitarian settings. 

The mission of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is to support the efforts of humanitarian actors to achieve high-quality and effective child protection interventions in both refugee and non-refugee humanitarian contexts.  As a global network of operational agencies, academic institutions, policymakers, donors and practitioners, the Alliance facilitates inter-agency technical collaboration on child protection in all humanitarian contexts. It sets standards and produces technical guidance for use by various stakeholders. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently co-leads the Alliance with Plan International. 

The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility is responsible for ensuring local, national, and international humanitarian efforts to protect children in Humanitarian Coordinator and Early Warning settings are timelywell-coordinated, and achieving maximum coverage, quality and impact.  The Global CP AoR supports inter-agency child protection coordination groups and members at the country level to effectively address the needs of affected children, their families, and communities by regularly analysing needs, coordinating and monitoring service delivery, and promoting standards and guidelines – among other core functions. Established in 2007 by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, the Global CP AoR is part of the as part of the cluster system and is led by UNICEF.  It has a strategic advisory group made up of national and international organizations. Learn more about the humanitarian crises and coordination groups the Global CP AoR supports here & in the Help Desk interactive report.   

Please note:  The CPHA community of practice hosted on Changemakers for Children does not replace other existing communities, such as the Global CP AoR ArabicFrench, and Spanish Facebook Communities of Practice or Skype Group for CP Coordinators, Co-Coordinators, and Information Management Specialists.  

One-on-one, individualised support through the Global CP AoR Help Desks also remains available for those who prefer to ask questions outside of this forum.  Visit here to contact your relevant Help Desk: https://www.cpaor.net/HelpDesk