Working with Children

Every member of the affected community under the age of 18 is classed as a child and protected by the UN Rights of the Child.

Children under the age of 18 are major stakeholders in an emergency and may comprise over 50% of the population.

Children’s lives are particularly disrupted by emergencies and young children are especially vulnerable to WASH related disease and death.

Involving children in WASH activities can improve their physical and psychosocial health as well as that of the whole community. By giving children tools and knowledge to change their behaviour, what they learn is often shared with the rest of the family and applied for the rest of their lives - an effective way to ensure the long-term sustainability of a WASH programme’s impact.


Oxfam Briefing Paper: Working with Children

Child to Child Approach Manual

IRC: Child Friendly Hygiene and Sanitation facilities in Schools

Minimum Requirements

WASH staff should ensure that: