The Toolkit for Child-friendly Spaces in Humanitarian Settings

  • July 2, 2019

The Toolkit for Child-friendly Spaces in Humanitarian Settings

In recent years several research and lessons learned reports about child-friendly spaces have pointed out shortcomings and lack of quality in the traditional CFS set-ups.

Children exposed to conflict and natural disasters carry the legacy of traumatic events such as violence, loss and separation into their recovery and future. Children’s sense of safety must be re-established, and caregivers should have strategies to support themselves and their families to mitigate long-term effects and prevent lasting mental health conditions.

Child-friendly spaces is the most widely used protection and psychosocial support intervention aimed at children in humanitarian settings.

In 2017 IFRC and World Vision International decided to address some of these challenges in a joint project to develop a toolkit for Child-friendly Spaces in Humanitarian Settings.

The toolkit comprises an activity catalogue, guidance for implementers of child friendly spaces and a training about implementation.

The toolkit was developed with financial support from ADH (Aktion Deutschland Hilft), Canadian Red Cross, Icelandic Red Cross, World Vision Australia, World Vision Germany, World Vision Korea and World Vision US.

Find the toolkit here.

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