Action for Child Trauma International

Action for Child Trauma International

At a glance

Causes

  • Children / families
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Refugees / migrants
  • Young people

Other details

Geographical remit: 
International
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Objectives

Millions of children have lives shattered by conflict, violence and natural disasters. Many will go on to develop psychological trauma, forced to re-live the worst moments of their lives again and again and again. It makes a normal life impossible, and there is only very limited specialist help for the majority of them. Without help, today's damaged children may become tomorrow's damaged adults, creating fragile families and communities trapped into a cycle of suffering.

Action for Child Trauma (ACT) International (formerly Luna Children’s Charity) provides communities with the tools and training needed to treat children suffering from the symptoms of psychological trauma. We focus on local people and NGO staff, giving them the skills to provide child-led, culturally appropriate but evidence-based treatment, and to train others to do so.  Our programmes change children's lives, giving them and their families a fresh start for a brighter future. Over the past ten years since our foundation as Luna Children’s Charity, we have transformed the lives of thousands of children in 13 countries across the world.  Many of them have been refugees fleeing conflict and disaster. Others may have been former child soldiers, victims of genocide, war, abuse, accidents and disasters.

Activities

Our projects focus on trauma training and we specialise in teaching ‘Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique’ (CATT) and Children & War's Teaching for Recovery Technique (TRT). Through our ‘special projects’ we also train and support people working to develop trauma-based services in isolated or challenging places. Most of the people we work with have limited resources and are in communities coping with the consequences of war and violence. Our cascade model, training local people to help children in their communities, means our work is cost effective and sustainable.

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