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Protection in Humanitarian Action


Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Between 500 million and 1.5 billion children are estimated to experience violence annually. In humanitarian settings, children are also vulnerable to being killed or injured, orphaned, separated from their families, recruited into armed groups, or trafficked.

These minimum standards - drafted with input from 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries - are aimed at those working in child protection or related areas of humanitarian action.

They strive to:

  • establish common principles amongst those working in child protection, and to strengthen coordination between them
  • improve the quality of child protection programming, and its impact for children
  • improve accountability within child protection work
  • further define the professional field of child protection
  • provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date
  • enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.