The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action ("The Alliance") envisions a world in which children are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence in humanitarian settings. Its mission 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 the various stakeholders. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) currently co-leads the Alliance with Plan International.
The Alliance’s work falls into five categories:
- Standard setting and guidance development:
The Alliance develops standards for child protection in humanitarian action and generates technical guidelines and associated materials for use by humanitarian actors. It also promotes the integration of humanitarian standards and norms into practice and encourages efforts to learn from their use and improve upon them. The Alliance is the custodian of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, which is considered a companion to the Sphere standards.
- Capacity building, learning and development:
The Alliance develops technical capacity for child protection by identifying, expanding and strengthening the child protection in humanitarian action workforce; mapping capacity gaps; defining priorities and strategic direction in terms of capacity development; and providing learning opportunities, both face-to-face and remote.
- Evidence and knowledge generation:
The Alliance invests in generating, processing and disseminating robust evidence on the effectiveness of programmes and strategies in protecting children in humanitarian settings.
The Alliance engages in advocacy for child protection and its beneficiaries. This includes ensuring child protection needs are reflected in the global humanitarian architecture and associated processes.
The Alliance convenes humanitarian child protection actors working at local, national, regional and global levels to promote knowledge-sharing and technical collaboration.
The Alliance’s Secretariat supports fund-raising efforts, implementation of work plans, collaboration with other networks and sectors, pilot-testing tools and products and knowledge management. The Alliance Secretariat is also responsible for general convening, including the Child Protection in Humanitarian Action Annual Meeting.
Working groups, task forces and technical focal points implement the Alliance workplan. They are led by members of the Alliance and supported by Alliance coordinators. The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action is composed of four working groups and six task forces.
Working groups within the Alliance
- Advocacy Working Group (AWG)
- Assessment, Measurement and Evidence Working Group (AME WG)
- Child Protection Minimum Standards Working Group (CPMS WG)
- Learning and Development Working Group (L&D WG)
Task forces within the Alliance
- Case Management Task Force (CM TF)
- Cash Transfer & Child Protection Task Force (CTCP TF)
- Child Labour Task Force (CL TF)
- Community Level Child Protection Task Force (CCP TF)
- Family Strengthening Task Force (FS TF)
- Unaccompanied and Separated Children Task Force (UASC TF)
In addition to these working groups and task forces, technical focal points support specific areas of child protection in humanitarian action and help maintain linkages with other global bodies. The themes covered by these focal points (as of December 2017) are ‘justice for children’ and ‘children affected by armed conflict’.
The Alliance formed out of the UNICEF-led Child Protection Working Group (CPWG). For ten years, the CPWG united NGOs, UN agencies, academics and donors into the global-level forum for child protection collaboration and coordination in humanitarian settings. In 2016, the CPWG divided into The Alliance and the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (AoR). The Alliance develops and promotes high-quality, effective standards and guidance for national and international actors working to protect children in humanitarian settings. The AoR remains in the cluster system under UNICEF’s leadership and aims to ensure the coordination of those same efforts.
2018 Alliance Core Members
- ChildFund International
- CPC Learning Network
- Danish Refugee Council
- Hurras Network
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies (IFRC)
- International Organization for Migration
- International Rescue Committee
- Islamic World Relief
- Plan International
- Save the Children
- Terre des hommes
- War Child Holland
- War Child UK
- World Vision International
- Observer Status: Child Protection Area of Responsibility
2018 Alliance General Members
- ACPDH - Burundi
- Action Chrétienne pour la Paix et le Développement (ACPD)
- Action contre la Faim
- Advocacy for Child Relief
- Africa Child Policy Forum
- Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament
- Bioforce Institute
- Cambodia Acts
- CAN Pakistan
- Catholic Relief Services
- Child Frontiers
- Child Fund Philippines
- Child Helpline
- Child Soldiers International
- Children of One World
- Elimu Mwangaza
- Geneva Call
- Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
- Hope Aid
- Hope Spring Haven
- Humanity and Inclusion (Handicap International)
- International Association of Schools of Social Work-L’Association internationale des écoles de service social
- International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR)
- International Labour Office
- Keeping Children Safe Coalition
- King's College
- Lutheran World Foundation
- Mercy Corps
- Nirengi Association
- Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)
- Parent-Child Intervention Center
- Partnership Network for Prevention VAC
- Refuge Point
- Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY
- SOS Children’s Villages International
- Street Child
- Swatantrata Abhiyan Nepal
- University of KwaZulu Natal
- War Child Canada
- Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict
- Women’s Refugee Commission
- World Health Organization
- Observer Status: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
2018 Associate Members and other Contributors
- Elevate Children Funders Group
- European Community Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO)
- Global Affairs Canada
- Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergency
- International Labour Office
- Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development
- UK Government Department for International Development (DFID)
- United States Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM)
- USAID Displaced Children and Orphans’ Fund (DCOF)
- USAID Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
The Alliance operates according to its governance document.