Child-friendly spaces (CFS) have become a widely used approach to protect and provide psychosocial support to children in emergencies. CFS is one of KFORD’s key interventions to protect children from physical harm and psychosocial distress and to help them continue learning and developing both during and immediately after an emergency. CFS - refers to spaces where communities create nurturing environments for children to access free and structured play, recreation, leisure and learning activities; and a venue to identify vulnerable and at-risk children to facilitate their referral for immediate response. The CFS may provide health, nutrition and psychosocial support and other services and activities, which will restore their normal functioning. They are designed and operated in a participatory manner, and may serve a specific age group of children or a variety of age groups. CFS are important throughout a crisis, from emergency to recovery.
KFORD has been running CFS across Kashmir since 2017 and currently, our presence (CFS) is spread in Pulwama, Budgam and Srinagar.
Around 600 Children are directly enrolled with us in these community structures.
Child-Friendly Spaces (CFSs) are widely used in emergencies as a first response to children’s needs and an entry point for working with affected communities. Because CFSs can be established quickly and respond to children’s rights to protection, psychosocial well‐being, and non‐formal education, CFSs are typically used as temporary supports that contribute to the care and protection of children in emergencies. However, they are used also as transitional structures that serve as a bridge to early recovery and long‐term supports for vulnerable children. Although different agencies call CFSs different things—safe spaces, child centered spaces, child protection centers or emergency spaces for children— the interventions are all part of a common family of supports for children and young people.
If you are passionate about the Child Rights and Protection Issues, particularly about the wellbeing of Children in Kashmir settings, we welcome you to understand the situations in which our children live.
We have Case studies , Evidences and to demonstrate that CFS is the best possible program that is rich with content and fit in to the context, we want all of you to support this program for the best interest of Children.
Key Child-Friendly Space Principles
CFS are secure and "safe" environments for children.
CFS provide a stimulating and supportive environment for children.
CFS are built on existing structures and capacities within a community.
CFS use a fully participatory approach for the design and implementation
CFS are inclusive and non-discriminatory.