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

Parent and child support programmes for young children

In emergencies, the highest mortality rates occur in newborns and infants – particularly in the acute phase of an emergency. Careful attention to pregnant mothers, infants and toddlers, and support for good practice to care and protect them, saves lives and has a lifelong impact on child’s health and development. It is important to focus on primary … More Parent and child support programmes for young children

Birth registration

Without a birth certificate, children miss out on their right to an identity and often fail to access basic services, sit for school exams, receive free healthcare or claim rights to legal protection. In emergencies and in displacement contexts, access to birth certificates can be disrupted and their are often additional barriers to registration. When … More Birth registration

Interim care and reintegration for children associated with armed forces

Boys and girls who are recruited by armed forces or armed groups in conflict can be used as combatants but also in active support roles such as spies, porters or informants, or for sexual purposes. Children associated with armed forces are exposed to violence and are often abused, forced to use drugs, exploited and injured. … More Interim care and reintegration for children associated with armed forces

Vocational training for young people

Effective vocational training can provide skills for both agricultural and nonagricultural livelihoods, and sustainable employment and self-employment opportunities. Many adolescent girls and boys have the ability, the desire, and the need to engage in economic activities, and in crises they are often forced by parents to contribute to the household income. In addition, after conflict … More Vocational training for young people

Family tracing and reunification

Children separated from their parents and families are at increased risk of violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect. The basic assumption, until tracing efforts demonstrate otherwise, should be that a child has someone with whom he or she can be reunited. When should we use family tracing and reunification? In any emergency situation where children are unaccompanied … More Family tracing and reunification