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Child-friendly spaces (CFS)

Child friendly spaces (CFS) have become a widely used approach to protect and provide psychosocial support to children in emergencies. CFS is one of Save the Children’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. 

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