The Care System

The War Child Care System is made up of nine ‘core interventions’ incorporating psychosocial support, protection and education across differing levels of intensity. This model allows for an integrated approach that ensures the various interventions are interconnected and mutually reinforce one another - ensuring maximum impact. This also allows us to respond to the varying and specific needs of children and their caregivers.


The Care System embraces a multi-level approach which sees interventions range in intensity according to the needs of children and their communities. This range covers low-intensity interventions designed to promote psychosocial wellbeing and prevent future problems to high-intensity interventions targeting children experiencing significant and enduring distress.

This package of interventions is supported by a range of tools and measures that serve to both strengthen quality and allow us to respond to changes in the humanitarian context where we are present. Our ‘Proactive Case Detection Tool’ allows us to identify children with specific needs. We also employ a process to ensure each intervention is relevant to the local community.

Our ‘Stigma Reduction Intervention’ forms part of the Care System and allows us to more effectively tackle exclusion and promote positive participation - ensuring larger numbers of children can access our services.      

Socio-ecological approach

This methodology is informed by a socio-ecological approach, with services targeted at the different ‘ecological’ levels (individual and peers, families, schools, communities, civil society and state authorities) of a child’s environment. This approach acknowledges the importance of a child’s environment to their development and wellbeing. 

The Care System ultimately aims to contribute towards both building increased resilience at different socio-ecological levels and improving psychosocial wellbeing in children.

Roadmap to Impact

A comprehensive research agenda will support the development and evaluation of our Care System - ensuring our work is as effective as possible. This research agenda will support the establishment of both evidence-based care interventions and a framework for quality implementation.

The goal of this agenda is to understand how our interventions can be successfully implemented with sufficient quality in real-world, low resource settings. The relevance, effectiveness, quality and feasibility of every intervention will be scientifically assessed to allow us to replicate our programme models and increase the impact of our work.

Formative research, pilot studies and evaluations are all undertaken to assess the effectiveness of our interventions and shape the design of our programmes.