The project in summary

Develop and implement a holistic program for the protection and promotion of the rights of children on the move, located in the collective Federal and Cantonal Asylum Shelters in Switzerland.

The project in detail

Strengthening the resilience and coping mechanism of refugee and migrant minors, and promoting their emotional, cognitive, motor development and their social inclusion.

Beneficiaries throughout the project (2020-2022)

  • 4 core staff (10-20 additional staff) per year of 3/4 Federal and Cantonal shelters through In-depth Technical Support and Training;
  • 2-5 core staff per year of 6/10 Federal and Cantonal Asylum Shelters through Creative Activity Support and Training;
  • Approximately 300 Child asylum-seekers and refugees per year, in Federal Asylum Shelters; and approximately 30 Child asylum-seekers and refugees per year, in Cantonal Asylum Shelters.

In 2020-2022, Save the Children Schweiz, with Alta Mane support amongst others, foresees the following main activities:

  • To coach asylum shelter staff to autonomously run Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS), to develop and implement arts-based pedagogical activities that are tailored to the needs of the minors in asylum shelters by means of the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box; as well as to train focal persons to oversee the CFS and ensure that quality childcare and protection standards are upheld;
  • To replicate and scale the Creative Tool Kit and Activity Box and make it available to Federal and Cantonal asylum shelters and other organizations in the field of childcare;
  • To strengthen the advocacy, enhance networking and share best practices in the field of child protection and child rights in the asylum and migration sector.

In 2020, 1 Federal and 1 cantonal received in-depth technical support. 5 additional shelters (2 Federal/ 3 cantonal) have received one of the two planned creative activity support trainings. By the end of 2020, 37 staff members (ca. 60% females) were trained in dealing with children, specifically in early child development, pedagogical principles, child protection and the use of the Creative Toolkit and Activity Box in the framework of the in-depth technical and the creative activity support. Between January 2021-June 2022, 10 Federal and 10 Cantonal shelters received in-depth technical support or creative activity support. 122 staff members (ca. 68% females) were coached and trained on child-friendly spaces and activities, including child development and protection, pedagogical principles, and the use of the Creative Toolkit and Activity Box.

Since 2020, Save the Children Schweiz played a key role as expert organization in the reporting process of the civil society to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the promotion and protection of right issues concerning refugee children in Switzerland. In May 2021, the NGO Report and the Child and Youth Participatory Report were successfully submitted to the UN Committee, both elaborated in collaboration with the Swiss Child Rights Network. The official recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to Switzerland, published in September 2021, contain many calls for action, especially regarding refugee children. Action requests concerning these children are as well based on the information provided by Save the Children Schweiz.