Child Protection in Emergencies

What is child protection in emergencies?

Child protection in emergencies (CPiE) is preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children in times of emergency caused by natural or manmade disasters, conflicts or other crises. CPiE involves specific activities by the child protection sector, humanitarian agencies and others supporting local capacities.

In times of crisis, children face an increased risk of all forms of violence and exploitation. They may be separated from their families, trafficked, recruited or used by armed forces and groups. They may come into contact with the justice system and/or face economic exploitation and physical or sexual abuse. Thousands of children are killed or injured every year by explosive weapons and landmines. In the longer term, children’s survival and development are put at risk because fewer resources are invested in their future.

Strengthening child protection systems is one of the most cost-effective ways to build resilience and promote sustainable development.

ChildFund Alliance and child protection in emergencies

ChildFund has a long, proud record of building community resilience and responding to humanitarian disasters. From 2016 to 2021, the Alliance will:

  • prioritize key CPiE interventions in all humanitarian response; and
  • improve Alliance-wide response for large-scale emergencies

Our impact

Members of ChildFund Alliance have made progress in emergency response to large-scale disasters from 2013 to 2015, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Ebola in West Africa and the Nepal earthquake. In 2015 and 2016, several Alliance members supported partners, providing emotional and psychosocial support for Syrian and other children and families on the move in Europe.

These experiences have increased the competency, confidence and profile of the Alliance on CPiE. We have an opportunity to strengthen this expertise by accompanying children and communities before, during and after disasters strike through:

  • child- and youth-led development;
  • disaster risk reduction activities;
  • child- and youth-focused preparedness;
  • emergency response targeting children; and
  • return to community development during the reconstruction phase.