UNICEF To Support Refugees At 'Blue Dot' Safe Spaces

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Updated:03 March 2022

Armed conflict in Ukraine has intensified, posing an imminent threat to 7.5 million children. In recent days, heavy weapons fire in Ukraine has already damaged water infrastructure and schools. A million families are being forcibly displaced, dramatically escalating humanitarian needs – we are already seeing vast swathes of families, including children, attempting to leave the country via neighbouring countries including Poland and Romania.

• People in need of assistance: 18million
• Children in Ukraine: 7.5 million
• Displaced/ on the move: 1 million
• Approximately 350,000 children are missing out on their education
• UNICEF is setting up 26 Blue Dots, with the capacity to provide support to 3,000-5,000 people per day, per location, in Moldova, Romania, Belarus, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic.
• In Poland, UNICEF has deployed child protection, emergency and water and sanitation technical expertise to establish eight blue dot hubs along border areas, in collaboration with UNHCR.
• In Moldova, UNICEF is working with its five biggest child protection partners to set up at least seven blue dots along the border with Ukraine.

UNICEF is reactivating the “Blue Dot” safe spaces that provided crucial support and protection services to families on the move during the refugee and migrant crisis of 2015-2016. These spaces are set up in close coordination with national and local authorities along routes of major population flows – often in conjunction with municipalities. The spaces connect to one another in a sequenced way, as people move, to help support tracing and family reunification.

• Key information to traveling families, psychosocial support, safe spaces for mothers and children, and the ability to identify protection risks, including support for unaccompanied and separated children.
• Mental health / psychosocial support and links to social workers to support separated and unaccompanied children providing best-interest assessments of children without caregivers.
• Provide additional services determined at each site are also provide these are based on an assessment of needs

Daniel Walden, Senior Emergencies Specialist, UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) said:

“In response to the dramatic escalation of humanitarian need, UNICEF has reactivated “Blue Dot” safe spaces for people seeking refuge from Ukraine.

“Eight years ago there was a need to provide essential services for children and families uprooted by conflict and climate change. We’re seeing that same intense and urgent need as one million families seek safety and security in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries.

“For those who have walked or travelled for hours these Blue Dot zones will provide the much-needed respite and access to essential services as they continue on their journey to safety and security.

“As the humanitarian needs surge, UNICEF UK continues to seek the generous support of the public to help meet the needs of those affected by the conflict.”


• With the escalation of conflict, UNICEF is seeking £206 million to provide access to basic services including water and sanitation, immunization and health care, schooling and learning, psychosocial support, and emergency cash assistance for up to 7.5 million children.
• UNICEF UK has launched an appeal to help bolster these fundraising efforts. Our appeal has already raised an astonishing £3million for children in Ukraine from members of the generous British public in the 7 days since it launched –but we need more to meet the urgent needs of children and family.
• People in the UK can support UNICEF’s humanitarian response by donating to our appeal at unicef.uk/ukrainedonate.



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Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, [email protected] 


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