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Toolkit for Engaging Adolescents in Child Protection and CVA Monitoring and Evaluation – Tool 2 Activity for Mapping CVA Risks and Protective Factors with Adolescents

4 November 2021 — By The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action - Hannah Thompson

This tool describes an activity for mapping cash and voucher
assistance associated risks and protective factors with adolescents.

It must be used along with the other tools in the “Toolkit for Engaging
Adolescents in Child Protection and Cash and Voucher Assistance
Monitoring and Evaluation”. In particular reference must be made to
“How to use the toolkit for Engaging Adolescents in Child Protection
and Cash and Voucher Assistance Monitoring and Evaluation” which
describes the conditions for using the tool and necessary staff
competencies for running participatory activities with adolescents.

Risk mapping activities enable children and adolescents to explain
and show adults their experiences of the community. They allow
the identification of relationships between the challenges (risks)
and protective factors. This activity may lead to discussions of very
sensitive subjects, such as risky behaviour exhibited by diverse
children and adolescents or experiences of violence. The conversation
should therefore be facilitated by an experienced child protection
professional with the necessary support structures available to
children and adolescents who need referral and assistance.

Carrying out this activity can help those working for child protection
agencies to understand children and adolescents’ perceptions of:
● Risks relating to access to, and control and use of CVA in
their community.
● Community and individual level factors that may exacerbate
risks for children and adolescents.
● Community and individual level practices, supports and
sources of protection.
● Mitigation strategies that adolescents and/or their caregivers
use to safely access and use their CVA.
● Individuals with whom and places where adolescents feel safe
to access help and support.

Participating in the activity will help adolescents to learn from their
peers. Things they may learn include:
● People and places to avoid as they may pose a risk.
● Techniques for staying safe.
● Where they can spend and use their CVA to maximise benefits.
● People and places they can go to for help and support.