Thousands of children, hundreds of community members and partner civil society organisation staff, and Plan International staff in 8 countries have contributed to the completion of this Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Toolkit.
Children and community members worked with Plan International staff and its partner organizations to implement Plan’s Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Programme, during the period 2006 – 2010. The programme was led by Plan UK through funding from DFID and DIPECHO. Their experiences were, in most cases, the first time children were actively engaged in the management of disasters in their communities. In addition to contributing to the increase in their communities’ resilience to disasters, their experiences have contributed to the development of this toolkit, to help Plan International programme countries and other organizations and groups to work effectively with children to reduce risks and increase community resilience to disasters and the effects of climate change.
This toolkit is made up of four modules focusing on:
- Training Children on Disaster Risk Reduction Through the Hazard, Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment. This module contains guidelines for training with children, and a training manual with a series of training sessions and activities to conduct a child-centred HVCA. This module provides the foundation for a child centred DRR programme– as a participatory, HVCA process is key for a successful DRR programme/project.
- Planning, Monitoring and Evaluating Child-Centred Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes. This module contains a framework for planning, monitoring and evaluating child-centred DRR, as well as important guidelines and tools for project/programme designing — such as child-centred DRR outcomes and indicators, and for designing project/programme designing — such as focus group questions. This module provides a more theoretical description of the child centred DRR approach and expected outcomes.
- Action Planning with Children on Disaster Risk Reduction. This module contains guidelines and tools for conducting action planning with children, including how to support children to develop and implement small scale DRR projects.
- Advocacy with Children on Disaster Risk Reduction. This module contains an advocacy framework, guidelines, and case studies from Plan’s experience doing DRR advocacy work with children locally, nationally, and internationally. It also provides guidelines and tools for planning advocacy work with children.