“Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Actions” training workshop held in Tianjin

On August 2-4, 2017, the “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Actions” and child protection international training workshop is held in Tianjin. The workshop is hosted by World Vision and co-organized with Wuqing District Civil Affairs Bureau of Tianjin City, the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Psychology National Psychosocial Support Union, and the China Charity Alliance with purposes to enhance the understanding of social organizations and institutions on child protection issues, train domestic professionals and promote the development of child protection in the whole society.

As a child-focused international relief and development agency, World Vision has been committed to promoting the development of child protection. In April 2016, World Vision, in conjunction with Plan International (China), Mercy Corps and Save the Children, translated and released the Chinese Version of the “Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Actions” (CPMS) , CPMS China Application Guidance and CPMS Training Package. Since then, this set of child protection international standards have been promoted and applied in different provinces, which improved participants’ capacity in responding to child protection in disaster relief and laid a sound foundation for formulating professional and scientific child-protection-related standards in China.

In order to further promote the application of CPMS and the development of child protection, World Vision invites three international child protection experts to give a 3-day CPMS training to child protection workers and representatives from relevant social organizations (institutions). Participants who complete the course and pass the assessment will receive a CPMS certificate and participate in the promotion of CPMS in China.  

Mr. Victor Kan, National Director of World Vision China, expects participants to sum up their past work experience and make suggestions based on local context so as to turn CPMS into operational guidelines. He also hopes through the efforts of everyone to see more NGOs to recognize and adopt CPMS and bring fullness to every child’s life.

At the workshop, the Institute of Psychology, CAS, also releases the Research Report on Situation of Child Protection and Assistance (2016), completed together with World Vision, with a focus on violence against children in remote areas. In the research it was found that child caregivers (mainly parents) do have intention to protect children, but do not necessarily have appropriate approaches and information, while they are often the ones that children seek help. Therefore, more work needs to be done on the adult side.

“We are committed to work alongside government, local partners and communities to make a positive change for the most vulnerable children. By doing so, we all contribute toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals so that no child is left behind”, said Leen Decadt, Technical Adviser of Child Protection and Participation, World Vision International.