Children and War UK

Children and War UK

At a glance

Causes

  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Mental health

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain

Objectives

We are a UK charity that develops and delivers psychological support for children traumatised by wars, disasters and other catastrophic events worldwide. We achieve this through training and research.

Our work is based on a suite of proven psychological interventions for traumatised children, known as Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT). These help children to cope with their experiences and rebuild their mental health. They can be applied by specialists or appropriate non-specialists – for example, clinical psychologists, school teachers, aid workers or social workers.

Activities

Our role is to train those who provide help for the children, so that they can cascade these life-changing skills through local services, communities and families. As a result, TRT reaches the widest possible circle of children and their carers – quickly, affordably and effectively. The training is provided through a short series of sessions online or in the field and can then be shared and implemented by attendees.

TRT is based on 25 years of field experience from clinical psychologists working in humanitarian situations, from the Balkan wars of the 1990s onwards. It has been trialled extensively, cited in leading journals and recommended by NICE (UK). It is based on knowing what works best for children, and is practical, child-led and evidence-based.

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