Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

The "Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action", 2012, resource is a product of The Child Protection Working Group.  The protection of children during emergencies is an Area of Responsibility (AoR) within the Global Protection Cluster which is facilitated through the Child Protection AoR. As the designated Focal Point Agency for the Child Protection AoR, UNICEF coordinates the Child Protection AoR and is also the provider of last resort. The definition of 'child protection' as agreed by the Child Protection Working Group, is “the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children”. Thus, child protection is not the protection of all children’s rights, but refers instead to a subset of these rights. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action are grounded in an international legal framework that regulates the obligations of the State towards its citizens and other persons in that State, and therefore references to relevant international legal instruments have been made under each standard. The standards do not, however, set out to provide an exhaustive explanation of the various legal instruments; instead, they provide a starting point from which humanitarian workers can seek more information if necessary. The international legal framework is mainly composed of three interrelated and mutually reinforcing bodies of treaty law: international human rights law, humanitarian law, and refugee law. For further information please visit,, and where you can read further on CFS management and implementation.