The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) is the global level forum for coordination on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and others under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies. In the humanitarian system, we constitute ‘an area of responsibility’ within the Global Protection Cluster.
The CPWG members have therefore collaborated in developing the Child Protection Rapid Assessment Toolkit. It has been piloted in over 20 emergency-affected contexts and incorporates changes based on extensive field-testing. Where agencies use the same assessment tool, the resources required are minimized, more ground can be
covered, data is comparable across locations and time, and the results are more persuasive to planners, funders and other decision-makers. For these reasons, each CPWG member agency has committed to using the Child Protection Rapid Assessment Toolkit rather than agency-specific assessment tools for child protection,