The UNHCR-led Protection and Community Services Sector (PCSS) gathers protection and community services actors inside Syria to ensure an effective response to the protection needs of affected population, by coordinating preparedness, needs assessments, activities and coverage, and by developing strategies and harmonised approaches to address protection challenges. The Sector provides advice to the HC and the HCT on protection advocacy and interventions, and assists other Sectors to mainstream protection principles and standards in their humanitarian response.
The PCSS is led by UNHCR and has 21 members who meet on a monthly basis in the Damascus-based Protection Sector Working Group (WG). Members include UN agencies, NNGOs and INGOs. The sector has two AoRs of expertise: Child Protection (CP), led by UNICEF with 17 members, and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) led by UNFPA with 19 members. Several members are active in all AoRs of the Sector.