Documenting Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Emergency Response

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The "Documenting Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Emergency Response", 2014, resource is the result of monitoring and evaluating efforts on the part of UNICEF Philippines.
This report outlines key findings from a study conducted after the Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) crossed the Philippine islands, on November 9, 2013.
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) left 14.1 million affected people in its wake – 5.9 million of which were children. Among other lifesaving measures, a key part of UNICEF’s response included activities for child protection. In order to provide children a safe place for play, to promote psychosocial well-being and facilitate healing and recovery, UNICEF and partners have established 125 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in Regions VI and VIII reaching an estimated 25,600 children and 5,200 caregivers
The purpose of this report is to: a) document the role that Child Friendly Spaces have played as a response mechanism in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Region VI and VIII of the Philippines; b) discuss the role of Child Friendly Spaces in light of existing community protection mechanisms prior to the typhoon. c) record the rationale for CFS implementation in the Typhoon Haiyan emergency response – including transition/exit strategies, best practices, and challenges. d) use lessons from the Philippines context to provide insight on a broad level into the role of Child Friendly Spaces and offer recommendations for strengthening their implementation in emergencies.
For further information on this project please visit,, where you can read the full story on CFS in thypoon-affected areas.
This resource is part of the collection "Child-friendly spaces: Good practices". Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.