Paris Principles

Operational Handbook

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The Paris Principles Operational Handbook is the product of a collaborative effort of numerous individuals and organizations and was prepared on behalf of the Paris Principles Steering Group, which is co-chaired by UNICEF and Save the Children. 

The handbook is for child protection specialists, government officials, and others working to: 

  • Prevent the recruitment and use of children by armed forces or armed groups 
  • Separate children from armed forces and armed groups or to identify them after they have exited armed forces or groups 
  • Support children after their release or exit from armed forces or armed groups and during reintegration with families and communities. 


The Handbook contains information and advice on a comprehensive set of topics, from the applicable international legal frameworks to how to manage caseloads and how to approach specific issues such as economic reintegration or justice and accountability.


Members of the Paris Principles Steering Group include:

The Government of France, Child Fund Alliance, Dallaire Institute, Geneva Call, the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), International Labour Organization (ILO), International Rescue Committee (IRC), Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Save the Children, UNDP, UNICEF, UN DPO DDR Section, War Child and World Vision.

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