Family strengthening programmes

Families represent a critical aspect of child protection, often representing children’s primary source of safety, support and protection; however, parents are often under increased stress and pressure in an emergency and so support to strengthen the family could be critical in keeping children safe. The breakdown of infrastructure and social networks in conflict and disaster settings … More Family strengthening programmes

Psychosocial support capacity building for local partners

At the foundation of psychosocial support is community involvement and leadership. The local community is best positioned to provide psychosocial support and healing during an emergency. The local community knows the needs of their community, understand the culture and customs, and have pre-existing relationships and networks. Building the capacity of local partners is a critical … More Psychosocial support capacity building for local partners

Psychosocial support for staff and volunteers working with children

Staff and volunteers assisting children in emergencies are exposed to many difficult situations. They are exposed to loss, traumatic events, exploitation, abuse, and even death. Staff and volunteers will be confronted with children who have immense needs that they are unable to meet. They provide support and comfort to grieving children. The work can be … More Psychosocial support for staff and volunteers working with children

Support for children in conflict with the law

During emergencies, child protection actors report that numbers of child victims, witnesses and (alleged) offenders rise dramatically. Within conflict settings in particular, when justice systems are weakened through under-investment and lack of regulation, normal rules of detention are often misapplied or unenforced. Standards to ensure the wellbeing of juveniles in the justice system may be … More Support for children in conflict with the law

Capacity building for education

In emergency settings, schools may be damaged or unusable, and displacement may put pressure on host education systems meaning that capacity for all children to be in school is limited. In these situations, local partners may establish education programmes to try to bridge this gap, and where partners are not experienced education providers, capacity building … More Capacity building for education

Support for children involved in child labour

In emergency contexts, with the possible loss of livelihoods and access to education, and when families are separated and displaced, children become particularly vulnerable to child labour. Child labour can be defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, potential and dignity; work that is harmful to their physical and mental development because it is … More Support for children involved in child labour

Safety for adolescent girls

Adolescent girls aged between 10 and 19 constitute one of the most at-risk groups in emergencies, due to their physical development and age. These factors can lead to higher levels of sexual violence such as rape, sexual exploitation, early or forced marriage and unintended pregnancy. During crises, weakened institutions, poverty and financial hardship leave girls especially … More Safety for adolescent girls

Psychological first aid for children

Psychological first aid (PFA) is a humane, supportive response to someone who is suffering and who may need support. PFA can help reduce the initial distress of children caused by accidents, natural disasters, conflicts and other critical incidents. PFA helps children to: Feel safe, connected to others, calm and hopeful Have access to social, physical and emotional support Feel … More Psychological first aid for children

Community based child protection

A community-based child protection mechanism (CBCPM) is a network or group of individuals at community level who work in a coordinated way toward child protection goals. Communities can provide significant ways of preventing and responding to child protection risks. Even in situations of mass displacement where no ‘community’ is easy to see, groups of people … More Community based child protection