On 19 June, PHAP organized an online session together with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action on the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) and how they are being used in practice. This was an opportunity to learn more about the standards and how practitioners are using them, what is changing in the revision, and what the next steps are for contributing to the consultations. This event featured Minja Peuschel and Susan Wisniewski from CPMS Working Group as well as four practitioners who shared their experience of the CPMS and how they are engaging in the consultations: Riyad Alnajem from HURRAS in Syria, Patricia Landinez, from UNICEF, Mexico, Yesica Serrano, (CID), Colombia and Efe Listowell, from CHAD Intl., Nigeria. Christine Knudsen, Director of Sphere, also joined the event and provided some insights into how the CPMS relates to the Sphere standards and their current revision.
Minja Peuschel, Senior Child Protection Advisor at Save the Children and Co-Chair of the CPMS Working Group, provided a brief introduction to the CPMS. Presenting CPMS aims to improve programming and accountability in child protection work, she pointed out that it establishes common principles among those working in child protection, Improves the quality of child protection programming and its impact for children, improves accountability within child protection work, provides a synthesis of good practice and learning to date, and it also enables better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs, and responses.
In his presentation, Riyad Al Najem, CEO of HURRAS, mentioned that the huge benefit of CPMS is the mainstreaming of protection into other sectors, as part of the organizations that are responding to the Syrian crises. Being specialized in child protection they could identify the main child rights violations within the process of implementation in other sectors, and using the CPMS they could provide advice to other organizations and design organization-based capacity building programs to set up child protection and child safeguarding systems.
His intervention was followed by Patricia Landinez, Child Protection Specialist from UNICEF, who shared her experience as facilitator of training workshops using CPMS. She mentioned that the trainings have opened a new window of opportunity, in this case for UNICEF, to work further with different stakeholders responsible for preparedness and respond to disaster and emergencies. She also believes that the CPMS training package are very useful for advocacy for programming capacity.
Yesica Serrano, with the Spanish Help Desk for the Child Protection Area of Responsibility with CID, Colombia, explained how her organization is planning to engage in the consultations in Colombia. She mentioned that they divided the consultations into two stages; first the Standards’ Prioritization where they invited local and national actors to select five standards that are the most important in their context. Second, they organized Information sessions, including webinars, to provide better understanding of selected standards.
In her presentation, Susan Wisniewski, Child Protection Advisor at Terre des hommes and Co-Chair of the CPMS Working Group, introduced the CPMS revision and face-to-face consultations. She mentioned the major agreed changes which include mainstreaming, integrated approaches, and working across sectors. The concept of neglect is better highlighted in the standards, and there is updated guidance that relates specifically to refugee, IDP, and migrant contexts. Related standards are also better reflected, including the Sphere Standards and Protection Principles and the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS).
Apart from hosting the event, Markus Forsberg, Collaboration Center Manager from PHAP gave a bit more information on how to take part in the online consultations. PHAP is supporting the revision process through an online-based consultation process – both through a survey targeting some of the specific issues that have come up during the revision process and through managing comments on the current draft revised text. We encourage all practitioners engaged in child protection to take part in the consultation. To get started, follow the three steps below:
If you missed the event, you can now find the audio and video recordings of the presentations and Q&A session at phap.org/19jun2018
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