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Working with Children in Unstable Situations: Principles and Concepts to Guide Psychosocial Responses

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), (2003)

This document is designed to provide UNICEF staff and UNICEF partner staff with principles and concepts that can assist them to respond to the psychosocial needs of children in natural disasters and social emergencies such as armed conflict and other forms of violence. It aims to introduce humanitarian workers to psychosocial principles and UNICEF’s position on these principles. It also provides a number of examples from field work of how these principles have been turned into concrete actions. These psychosocial principles and concepts inform both emergency responses and subsequent programmatic responses post-emergency.

Child Protection Action Plan 2015-2020

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, (2016)

This document aims to define a practical plan of action for the IFRC Secretariat to effectively integrate child protection, as a minimum standard, within its organizational systems and development, protracted crisis and emergency operations. The timeline for the action plan is 2015 to the end of 2020.

Stratégie mondiale 2015 – 2020 de Plan International sur la programmation en matière de protection des enfants

Plan International, (2015)

Enraciné dans les fondements du développement communautaire centré sur l’enfant, le succès de cette stratégie sera mesuré par la façon dont les pays, chacun en ce qui le concerne, contribuent à leurs systèmes de protection des enfants et s’associent à différents niveaux pour combattre la violence contre les enfants. Cette stratégie est le résultat d’un processus hautement consultatif qui a touché les enfants et les jeunes, le personnel de Plan International, les spécialistes externes à l’échelle mondiale et le document vient d’être mis en place avec les efforts conjoints du groupe de référence mondial sur la programmation en matière de protection des enfants.

Plan International’s Global Strategy for Child Protection Programming 2015–2020

Plan International, (2015)

Grounded in the foundations of child centered community development, the success of this strategy will be measured by how individual countries contribute to their child protection systems and partner at various levels to combat violence against children. This strategy is a result of a highly consultative process that reached children and youth, Plan International staff, external specialists globally and the paper has been put in place with the joint efforts of the global child protection programming reference group.

Estrategia Global 2015 – 2020 Plan International para los Programas de Protección de la Niñez

Plan International, (2015)

La estrategia está basada en los pilares del desarrollo comunitario centrado en la niñez, y su éxito se medirá por la forma en que los países contribuyen con sus sistemas de protección de la niñez y se asocian a varios niveles para combatir la violencia contra la niñez. Esta estrategia es el resultado de un proceso altamente consultivo que abarcó a los niños, niñas y jóvenes, personal de Plan International, especialistas externos a nivel global, y el documento ha sido elaborado con los esfuerzos conjuntos del grupo de referencia de programas de protección de la niñez.

UNICEF Programming for Psychosocial Support - Frequently Asked Questions

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), (2005)

1. What do we mean by ‘psychosocial support (PSS)? | 2. What are the basic principles of psychosocial support for UNICEF? | 3. In what types of situations does UNICEF address psychosocial support? | 4. Are there certain psychosocial interventions in which UNICEF should not normally seek to invest? | 5. Are there any types of interventions we should discourage? | 6. Should UNICEF support one-to-one counselling? In what situations might this be appropriate? | 7. When should children be referred for professional mental health support? | 8. Should we avoid using the term “traumatised” when referring to children? | 9. How do we assess the type or response needed a) for quick, short term action? b) for medium-long term interventions? | 10. How can caregivers and professionals who have themselves experienced the same crises or exposures provide psychosocial support to children? | 11. What materials and tools are recommended to support and monitor PSS interventions? Where can these be obtained?

MEAL4KIDS: Quality Checklist - For Child Psychosocial Support and Child Friendly Spaces

Bohl, N, Eds.: Catholic Relief Services (CRS), (2018)

This checklist will help child psychosocial support and Child Friendly Space supervisors adhere to quality standards during program implementation. This checklist was developed by consultant Nicole Bohl, based on her previous work with Plan International and Save the Children. It has been adapted with input from CRS EMECA Core Team members.

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