Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) E-course

Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

This training on the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), provided by the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action may be useful:

  • As a pre-requisite for participants attending Face to Face, on-line, or blended learning opportunities about Child Protection in Emergencies. Completion of the course ensures that participants have a common basic knowledge of the standards, and may involve tailoring this e-course to their context.
  • As self-guided learning.
  • For anyone currently working with and for children in humanitarian settings.
  • For all child protection workers who want to prepare themselves for a potential humanitarian crisis.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will:

  • Have increased your knowledge of the Child Protection Minimum Standards.
  • Understand 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 your work, by exploring the content of 2 key (Coordination and Programme Cycle Management) standards and 1 optional (in the abbreviated version, this is PVOHP - with a GBV example).

Structure of the Course

The course is divided into the following modules:


This module provides an overview and basic definitions of CPiE 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.


This section looks at the CPMS Principles, along with the UN CRC Principles and the Sphere Protection Principles, in relation to working with children; these provide a basis of our work and how we apply the Standards.


Eventually this e-course will have one module for each of the 26 Standards. This prototype has one example – Standard 8: Physical Violence and Other Harmful Practices. The modules do not intend to be fully comprehensive but provide an introduction to each Standard and examples of applying that Standard in practice.  

As an Alliance, we want 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 all the modules. 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.