Strengthening child protection systems, Philippines – PCMN

Context: Natural disaster, weakened child protection systems Objectives: To identify the most vulnerable children and ensure their protection from the risks of abuse, trafficking and exploitation through the establishing and strengthening of child protection mechanisms To build the capacity of the local community and local authorities to effectively respond to child protection concerns   Why this project? … More Strengthening child protection systems, Philippines – PCMN

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 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

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

Onwards and Upwards, Jordan

Kids’ clubs and caregiver psychosocial support groups Context: Displacement, urban refugees Objective: To promote the well-being of refugee children and their families by training and equipping local partners to provide accessible and age-appropriate education and recreational activities for refugee children and their caregivers. The project was initially set up to target children ages 3 to 7, but extended the project … More Onwards and Upwards, Jordan

Child friendly spaces, Syria – LSESD

Context: Internal displacement in a conflict-affected area Objective: To improve the safety and psychosocial well-being of vulnerable children in Syria through equipping local partners with the resources and training necessary to provide safe spaces for the protection and care of children affected by the conflict   The project: The child friendly space (CFS) focuses primarily on activities for children … More Child friendly spaces, Syria – LSESD

Supporting early childhood development

Emergencies threaten the rapid development that should occur from conception to eight years. Early childhood care and development (ECCD) can help by meeting specific developmental needs to boost children’s resilience and help them return to normal life. When should we develop programmes supporting early childhood development? When existing support for young children has been disrupted by the … More Supporting early childhood development

Targeted psychosocial support for children

Psychosocial support programs for children aim to establish a sense of stability and restore social protection. Psychosocial programs build support systems that help children to positively cope and build resilience. Emergencies significantly increase vulnerability for children and their families by disrupting protective supports. Emergencies also intensify the vulnerabilities that existed in a community prior to … More Targeted psychosocial support for children

Little Friendly Space

A Little Friendly Space mobilises communities to provide safe spaces for younger children (age 3-6), with programming including play, education, health and psychosocial support. To read about Little Friendly Spaces in action, click on the picture below:   When should we use a Little Friendly Space (LFS)? An LFS is most appropriate when there is little … More Little Friendly Space