Child Friendly Spaces / Mother and Baby Corners – support to refugee children - funded by UNICEF

Focus area


Project is providing psycho-social support, focusing on child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners, early childhood development, non-formal education and support to formal education.

Child-Friendly SpacesCFS continued to provide a protected environment in which children can participate in organized activities like play, socializing, learn, and expressing themselves in addition to implementing indoor and outdoor activities/workshops – creative, imaginative, physical, communicative, and manipulative (games, sports, expressive/creative activities, life skills educational activities and other activities that promote child development/psychosocial well-being and coping skills). However, by adapting to a new situation related to prolonged stay, DRC / UNICEF teams utilize ECD principles into structured activities Mother-Baby Corners (MBC) continued to implement its activities with special focus on supportive care, education and counselling on breastfeeding and infant feeding; promoting, protecting and supporting optimal infant and young child feeding, baby food and water distribution and maintaining daily hygiene with as well a limited distribution of hygiene items. Having in mind that mothers and babies are staying in Serbia for even more than a year (in comparison to 2015 when beneficiaries stayed 24-72 hours), MBC has developed capacities to integrate ECD activities into nutrition program by stimulating and enhancing emotional responsiveness as an essential part of feeding activities.  Daily activities of the MBC are structured in a manner to assist the mothers / parents to establish the daily routine for children, create a behavioural pattern, and enforce habits related to nutrition, hygiene, health care, playing and leisure time. Daily schedules for the activities of the MBC have been established, introducing mothers to the rhythm of the meal, sets clear requirements for mothers and children, cup feeding etc.  Gender based violence undermines health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, however GBV often remains invisible due to culture of silence and even widespread acceptance of it in certain cultures. MBC is providing unique opportunity to tackle GBV as it is usually the only place in the asylum/reception centre that is available for women only and is permanently staffed with medical personnel. Non formal education – support to formal education. DRC team is organizing structured non formal educational activities aiming to develop skills, values and knowledge. Activities are organized in tailor-made manner, taking into account diversity of beneficiaries, different educational background, different native language, different interests etc. Non-formal education, as well as support for formal education is be carried out in three different manners, taking into account the different needs of the children and potential benefits for children and schools alike including workshops, structured non-formal classes and catch-up classes and support to formal education (on the class assistance). 


The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF


Psycho-social support, emergency supplies and access to protection and information rights to refugee children and their families provided through child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners in up to 8 Reception Centers in Serbia, as well as reduction of consequences caused by prolonged insecurity suffered by children and their caretakers. Accesses to protection, refuge, nutrition support, non-formal educational programs and support to formal education are aimed to reduce basic insecurity and to reduce risk and vulnerability of targeted population.


Refugee children, mothers  and caretakers

Authorities involved

Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
Local authorities
Local Social Welfair centres
Local health centres

Publication / Download

My Safety and Resilience Girls Guide

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DRC joined the UNICEF team and partners in creating My Safety and Resilience Girls Pocket Guide. This Pocket-Guide defines the standards and guidelines our organizations elaborated to design, develop, implement and evaluate a girls’ empowerment program with the Roma communities and the migrants and refugees population in Serbia as well as in Bulgaria. When girls are given tools, space and encouragement, they are empowered to develop their voices in their communities and navigate the challenges of adolescence. Based on the UN definition adolescents comprised different age groups: early adolescence 10-14 and late adolescence 15-19. The age group 10-14 require different approach and set of skills from girls aged 15-19.