Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNICEF have been working together since 2005 to promote the use of a standard inter-agency child protection information management system (IA CP IMS) for the child protection sector. This information management system is a practical, field-level tool that supports effective case management. It is comprised of database software and accompanying ‘tools’, such as template paper forms and data protection protocols.
The original demand for this system came from Family Tracing and reunification programs in emergencies. The system has also been used to facilitate case management in Release and Reintegration programs, programs supporting children with specific vulnerabilities in camp settings. An upgraded version of the IA CP IMS was rolled out in late 2009 with further enhancements in 2011. The new software and accompanying tools now have the ability to support any thematic area of child protection, including those supporting child protection systems building with governments. So far, the IA CP IMS has been used in 20 countries by a range of child protection actors, including national and international organizations and governments.