A Practical Guide for Developing Child Friendly Spaces

This guide is designed to assist UNICEF staff and partners, in establishing and operating Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in an emergency. It attempts to provide readers with the main principles of a CFS and the processes on how to establish one.

The overall aim is to improve the standards and capacity of field staff, by providing the required knowledge to support the design and operations of child friendly spaces.

It will facilitate an understanding of how to develop a CFS in contexts in which children’s well-being are threatened or damaged as a result of conflict or natural disasters. More specifically, this guide attempts to broaden and strengthen the knowledge, skills and attitudes of protection officers/field staff so that they are able to respond to the multi-faceted needs of children.

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


Child Protection
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Social and Emotional Learning