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[International] Child Rights and Protection and revising the Sphere Handbook

06 Mar 2018

The Sphere Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards for Humanitarian Response is being revised. Tdh is the lead agency for the Children’s Technical Expert Group to ensure that child rights and child protection are integrated in the revised version.

Examples of changes to the Sphere handbook that have been proposed include:

-          shelter, WASH, health, nutrition and food security sectors ensure functioning  referral mechanisms with protection and child protection actors;

-          communications within all humanitarian responses consistently include child-friendly language and messaging;

-          nutrition and health actors take measures to prevent family separation in treatment centers and have special mechanisms in place to protect unaccompanied and separated children; and

-          the Sphere standards are coherent with and reference the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS).

Consultations on the Sphere revision have been organized by Tdh offices in Kenya, Albania, Mali, and oPt with additional review by Tdh advisors in Lausanne and the Asia region.

The revised version will be available in spring 2019. Please be in touch with Susan Wisniewski, Tdh Child Protection in Emergencies Advisor at, if you would like more information.

This project is funded by: