It would be impossible to provide a comprehensive resource here regarding addressing the needs of children in a developing country or in a crisis situation. Instead, this page focuses on where to find in-depth information (web sites, books, journal articles and other publications) on this subject in regard to emergency aid and relief situations. This page was authored by a volunteer from the AWN community. Updates and new pages are welcomed!

On this page:

  • Child protection in emergencies
  • Family tracing and reunification
  • Guidelines on child soldiers
  • Save the Children


Child Protection in Emergencies

"Child Protection in Emergencies" is Save the Children's most recent guide to the realities on the ground; the laws and the principles surrounding child protection in emergencies.  It makes sobering reading.  It also provides legal and other tools which aid managers should be much more aware of than they currently are.  Click here to read it, or download from here. .

"Child Protection - The Role of HR" is a guide for human resources (HR) managers on what to put in place to facilitate having a "child safe" agency.  It's available from (click on Publications).


Family Tracing and Reunification

Children get separated from their families surprisingly easily during conflict or other disasters.  The two leading organisations responsible for tracing family members and reuniting families are the ICRC and Save the Children.  They cooperate in providing a highly sophisticated tracing service.  See the Tracing link on the Advice Pages.


Guidelines on Child Soldiers

Save the Children has published "Children - Not Soldiers", by Isobal McConnan and Sarah Uppard.  It is a set of practical guidelines to guide planning and programme implementation for those working with child soldiers.  It also gives an overview of issues relating to child soldiers for senior staff who may not have previous experience of the subject.  The publication is accessible here.


Save the Children

The International Save the Children Alliance is probably the largest and best known children's organisation working in relief and development. The alliance has member organisations in 27 countries.

The alliance's website is



UNICEF, the UN Children's Fund, is the UN agency responsible for promoting children's rights and opportunities, and looking after their basic needs. Its website is at Its priorities are child protection, girls' education, immunization, HIV/AIDS and early childhood.

The UNICEF Emergency Field Handbook and other publications are at

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