Save the Children International (SCI)
This handbook guides action that recognizes children’s right to participate in the things that affect their lives, the leadership roles that they can play, and the increased resilience and greater sense of control and security that can be achieved through child-led DRR.
The framework for these programs involves:
I. Context and Partnerships
II. Capacity-Building and Awareness Raising
III. Program Implementation/Activities
IV. Monitoring and Evaluation / Learning and Documentation
Straightforward guidance includes practical tools and methods for implementing a child-led programme. Examples show the varied, productive and leading roles children can play in disaster risk reduction (DRR).
These steps are recommended for governments and the international community:
- Make child protection an integral part of every humanitarian response: incorporate child protection programming into the delivery of all services including food, shelter, health and water and sanitation
- Recognise education as an important means of protection
- Ensure that all nation states recognise children are central to the security agenda and should play a central role in DRR
- Provide adequate resources to assist local communities to integrate children as social actors in all their preparedness and response activities
- Advocate for communities and local authorities to support children in taking their place as active citizens who contribute significantly to community wellbeing and self-protection in the face of potential and actual disasters
- Establish child-led community based disaster risk reduction programs globally.
Appendices support these with background enabling policy documents, additional resources, and hands-on tools.
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