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Working with Children in Unstable Situations: Principles and Concepts to Guide Psychosocial Responses

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), (2003)

This document is designed to provide UNICEF staff and UNICEF partner staff with principles and concepts that can assist them to respond to the psychosocial needs of children in natural disasters and social emergencies such as armed conflict and other forms of violence. It aims to introduce humanitarian workers to psychosocial principles and UNICEF’s position on these principles. It also provides a number of examples from field work of how these principles have been turned into concrete actions. These psychosocial principles and concepts inform both emergency responses and subsequent programmatic responses post-emergency.

Evaluation of UNICEF Programmes to Protect Children in Emergencies - Executive Summary

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), (2013)

EVALUATION REPORT | This evaluation is the first comprehensive global exercise to examine UNICEF’s programme response in protecting children in emergencies. Its purpose is to strengthen child protection programming by assessing performance in recent years and to draw lessons and recommendations that will influence ongoing and future programmes. It is expected that the findings of the evaluation will inform the roll-out of the Strategic Plan 2014-2017. The evaluation design includes country case studies analysing outcomes for children against the medium term strategic plan (MTSP, 2006-2013), the CCCs and selected evaluation questions. Twelve countries provided data for the analysis, four as case studies with country visits and standalone reports (Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC], Pakistan and South Sudan) and a further eight countries as desk studies (Afghanistan, Haiti, Myanmar, Philippines, Somalia, Sri Lanka, State of Palestine and Sudan). Four of the countries (Haiti, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines) are disaster-affected and sudden-onset contexts while the remainder are primarily contexts of protracted conflict that include sudden-onset upsurges in violence.

Comfort for Kids in the Time of Ebola : Mental Health Liberia

World Bank, (2018)

The 2014-2015 outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Liberia resulted in over 10,000 cases and 5,000 deaths. Recognizing the importance of addressing children’s trauma, the Ebola recovery and restoration trust fund (EERTF) funded the implementation of a Comfort for kids (C4K) program which encourages psychological healing, and promotes resilience in children who have experienced a crisis or disaster. The C4K program in Liberia was implemented between January 2015 and December 2016 in fifteen townships in Montserrado County through a collaboration between Mercy Corps Liberia, the World Bank’s Liberian health task team, and the government of Liberia. C4K primarily centers on the My Story workbook and associated classroom activities, which provide children with the opportunity to express their emotions about their experiences through drawing, writing, and facilitated discussion. C4K also provides capacity building for parents, teachers, and other caretakers on how to identify and more effectively respond to children’s trauma responses and to support their recovery

What do children want in times of emergency and crisis? they want an education

Save the children, Eds.: Save the children, (2015)

Listening to what children in crisis have to say is not only a moral and ethical responsibility for donor and humanitarian actors, it is also a humanitarian obligation. Children’s right to participation is recognised in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which provides rights for children to express their views and ‘be heard and taken seriously’.

Перша психологічна допомога

National Child Traumatic Видавництво “Друкарські куншти, Stress Network and National Center for PTSD, Інститут психічного здоров’я українського католицького університету видавнича серія «психологія. психіатрія. психотерапія», (2015)

Видання адресоване не тільки психологам та соціальним працівникам, але й усім, хто може стикатися з надзвичайними ситуаціями, стихійними лихами та катастрофами або іншими масовими трагедіями: працівникам служби з надзвичайних ситуацій, лікарям та іншому медичному персоналу, медицини катастроф та й усім лікарям загальної практики, військовослуж-бовцям, волонтерам та багатьом іншим.

Music Therapy and Trauma/PTSD Treatment

The Dutch Music Therapy Association (NVvMT) & European Music Therapy Confederation (EMTC) , (2017)

Music therapy can help traumatized children and adults to stabilize and to create a safe space for the expression of feelings and thoughts. In a 1 day international symposium on Friday May 26, presenting lectures and workshops, we’ll highlight the way music therapy research, methods and techniques are applied to treating childhood trauma and sexual abuse, traumatized refugees, prisoners and victims of violence.

UNICEF Programming for Psychosocial Support - Frequently Asked Questions

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), (2005)

1. What do we mean by ‘psychosocial support (PSS)? | 2. What are the basic principles of psychosocial support for UNICEF? | 3. In what types of situations does UNICEF address psychosocial support? | 4. Are there certain psychosocial interventions in which UNICEF should not normally seek to invest? | 5. Are there any types of interventions we should discourage? | 6. Should UNICEF support one-to-one counselling? In what situations might this be appropriate? | 7. When should children be referred for professional mental health support? | 8. Should we avoid using the term “traumatised” when referring to children? | 9. How do we assess the type or response needed a) for quick, short term action? b) for medium-long term interventions? | 10. How can caregivers and professionals who have themselves experienced the same crises or exposures provide psychosocial support to children? | 11. What materials and tools are recommended to support and monitor PSS interventions? Where can these be obtained?

ARTs Based Therapy for Survivors of Trauma and Abuse in Government and NGO-Run Children's Home for Girls in Delhi

Save the Children, (2016)

This article identifies the three core defining characteristics of healing environments for children and young people who have been exposed to chronic adversity and trauma. A large body of evidence highlights the pervasive and devastating developmental impacts of such exposure but there is also emerging evidence about the elements of living and learning environments that foster recovery and resilience. The Three Pillars framework has been developed to inform and empower those who live with or work with these young people but who are not necessarily engaged in formal therapy.

Action research participatory PM&E tools 'I deal' Intervention - Summary

Eiling, E., Mulder, A. & Blommestein, N., Eds.: War Child Holland, (2012)

This case description elaborates on the pilot implementation of the innovative, participatory PM&E tools of War Child Holland’s psychosocial life skills intervention ‘ I DEAL’. The action research aimed to identify ways that work best for I DEAL facilitators to learn and act on basis of their PM&E.

Standard operating procedure for care and protection of children in street situations

Save the Children, (2017)

India | The ‘Standard Operating Procedures for Care, Protection and Rehabilitation of Children in Street Situations’, is a unique endeavour to streamline the processes and interventions regarding Children in Street Situations, based on the prevailing legal and policy framework.

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