Our Care System

The number of children exposed to conflict-related violence is growing - and their needs are becoming increasingly complex and urgent. Innovation is urgently required to meet these varying needs - which is why War Child is developing an integrated suite of interventions to engage with all levels of a child’s life.

Integrated for enhanced effect

Our Care System is made up of nine integrated education, child protection and psychosocial support interventions. These interventions are mutually reinforcing to ensure maximum impact - and supplemented by a range of tools and measures to increase access to care and reduce stigmatisation.

The interventions that make up the Care System range in intensity according to the needs of children and their communities - to ensure all mental healthcare needs are met. Each intervention is also backed by evidence and research - which serves to ensure the highest standards of relevance and quality.

Find out more with our detailed overview of each of the interventions and tools that make up the Care System.

Significant progress has been made in the development and evaluation of the Care System. Can’t Wait to Learn, Team Up, the Community Case Detection Tool, the Caregiver Support Intervention, Early Adolescent Skills for Emotions and the WeAct Tool have been (pilot) evaluated in real-world settings. Four interventions are set to undergo feasibility and pilot research including Community-Driven Child Protection, CORE for Teachers, Family Intervention and STRETCH for Stigma.

While research implementation and data collection is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are exploring remote modalities where possible.

Community-Driven Child Protection

Developing improved child protection - from the ground up...

The structures that serve to protect children often break down in times of humanitarian crisis - exposing children to significant risks to their safety. Child protection mechanisms driven and shaped by local communities are proven to be effective in contexts of crisis - which is why War Child is working to develop a Community-Driven Child Protection Intervention. Read more

CORE for Teachers

Boosting the skills and wellbeing of teachers in crisis situations

Teaching is a demanding job - particularly for the thousands of practitioners around the world who defend children’s right to learn against a backdrop of war and violence. That's why War Child is developing a programme in support of teaching staff who work in these challenging contexts - the CORE for Teachers intervention. Read more

EASE: Early Adolescent Skills For Emotions

Reducing the mental health treatment gap for young adolescents

Millions of adolescents living with violence and armed conflict face significant threats to their safety and wellbeing. Many have acute psychological needs - yet they are denied access to mental healthcare resources. This treatment gap is the reason why War Child has helped develop the EASE intervention. Read more

Family Intervention

Supporting families living with the effects of violence and armed conflict

Families play a key role in upholding the wellbeing of children - but family units come under immense strain in times of violence and armed conflict. That’s why War Child is developing a wide-ranging intervention to support vulnerable families dealing with multiple problems - the Family Intervention. Read more


Strengthening children's resilience through movement-based activities

TeamUp provides refugee children between the ages of six and 18 with a suite of structured movement-based activities - designed to strengthen both their resilience and psychosocial wellbeing. The methodology behind TeamUp has evolved since the programme launched in 2016 - and continues to be shaped by evidence and research today. Read more


Upholding quality of care in humanitarian contexts

War Child undertakes research to increase our understanding of how we can ensure all our interventions meet the highest standards of quality. A key component of this is our work to empower frontline workers in areas affected by armed conflict - which is why we’ve developed the WE ACT tool. Read more