Available courses

Welcome to the Alliance’s core training on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS).

This free-of charge introductory e-course is for anyone currently working with and for children in humanitarian settings, as well as all child protection workers who want to prepare themselves for a potential humanitarian crisis.

It can be used:

  • As self-guided learning;
  • As a pre-requisite for participants attending Face to Face, on-line, or blended learning opportunities about Child Protection in Humanitarian Action;
  • As an induction resource for new staff.

Completion of the course ensures that participants have a common basic knowledge of the Principles and Standards that guide our work with children and families.

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

The aim of the e-course is to increase learners’ knowledge of the CPMS. 

After taking it, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how the Standards are applied in practice, in particular the principles that the CPMS lay out for our collective approach.
  • Recognise how the CPMS can help guide their work, by exploring the content of 2 key standards (Coordination and Programme Cycle Management) and 1 standard of their choice.
 
 

STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE

1. INTRODUCTION TO THE MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CHILD PROTECTION IN HUMANITARIAN ACTION (CPMS)

This required module provides an overview and basic definitions of CPHA and the CPMS themselves. It examines how the CPMS fits into humanitarian and child protection work, their purpose, linkages to other Standards and guidelines, how to use them, etc.


2. PRINCIPLES AND APPROACHES

This required module looks at the 10 CPMS Principles in relation to working with children; these provide a basis for our work and how we apply the Standards to achieve quality and accountability.


3. THE STANDARDS

These modules do not intend to be comprehensive but provide an introduction to each Standard and examples of applying that Standard in practice. Please refer to the CPMS Further Readings list and the Alliance’s catalogue of courses for more detailed training on specific topics. Throughout 2022, more Standards will be added to the e-course. Currently, the following are available:

Principle 1 – Survival and Development

Principle 2 – Non-discrimination and Inclusion

Principle 3  – Children's Participation

Principle 4 – The Best Interests of the Child

Standard 1 – Coordination (required)

Standard 3 - Communications and Advocacy

Standard 4 – Programme Cycle Management (required)

Standard 8 – Physical and Emotional Maltreatment

Standard 9 – Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Standard 12 – Child Labour

Standard 14 – Applying a socio-ecological approach to Child Protection programming

Standard 15 - Group Activities for Child Well-being

Standard 16 - Strengthening Family and Caregiving Environments

Standard 17 - Community level approaches

Standard 20 - Justice for Children

Standard 23 - Education & Child Protection


CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION

The Alliance wants to ensure that you as a child protection worker (or another humanitarian actor) are acquainted with the full scope of the CPMS; thus, to receive the completion certificate, you are required to complete five modules: Introduction to the CPMS; Principles and Approaches; Standards 1 & 4; and at least one other Standard of your choice.

If you are using this e-course as part of a broader capacity-building initiative (i.e. pre-learning for one of the Alliance’s Face to Face workshops or a specific e-course that your agency runs, etc.), then your instructor may assign additional modules.

TIME INVESTMENT

To obtain the Completion Certificate will take you 4-5 hours. You can pause the course at any time.