Our Care System
Improving children’s lives
The War Child Care System is an integrated suite of methods aimed at improving the wellbeing of children and youth affected by conflict. Grown out of more than 25 years of experience working with children in war zones, it enables us to meet children’s varying needs - all according to the highest standards of humanitarian care.
Through a combination of psychosocial support, child protection and education, the care system supports children to take their lives into their own hands and regain trust in themselves and others. Used together, these methods complement and reinforce one another, ensuring that as many children as possible can benefit from the support on offer.
Improving the world around them
In fact, the Care System goes one step further - tackling the wider impact of violence such as the increase in child abuse, lack of specialist mental health care or breakdown of educational systems.
This sees us engage families, caregivers and other trusted adults in the care process, helping us build protective communities that promote children’s rights.
In this way, the Care System becomes part of the social fabric - its methods can be carried out by the community itself.
Setting New Standards
The work that we do is based on humanitarian best practices - but we don’t stop there. Our researchers scientifically test a growing number of our methods and innovations so that we can prove their positive impact on children and youth.
In the chaos of conflict there are rarely clear cut solutions. But by growing this body of evidence, we can attract a network of expert partners and ultimately reach millions more children with quality support.
Discover our care system methods and scientific research below.
Can’t Wait to Learn
Because meaningful and impactful education cannot wait
Can’t Wait to Learn utilises custom gaming technology to deliver quality education - no matter where children live. The transformative programme has been grounded in research since its inception. And the methodology behind the programme continues to be shaped by evidence and research today.
How we provide quality education worldwideExplore our tour
Caregiver Support Intervention
Stimulating caregivers' ability to support children
Children living in the midst of armed conflict don’t grow up in isolation - the stresses and physical threats they face frequently affect their parents and caregivers too. That’s why War Child is developing a programme in support of the important adults in children’s lives - the Caregiver Support Intervention.
How we reinforce caregivers' wellbeingExplore our tour
Community Case Detection Tool
Innovative, low-cost solution to increase mental health support
Millions of children and families living with mental health problems - exacerbated by exposure to armed conflict - currently receive no treatment for their conditions. Innovative and low cost solutions are urgently required - which is why War Child has developed the Community Case Detection Tool.
How we lower barriers in accessing mental healthcareExplore our tour
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.
How we boost skills and wellbeing of teachers in crisis situationsExplore our tour
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.
How we make mental healthcare widely available to vulnerable young people worldwideExplore our tour
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.
Developing a comprehensive intervention to support vulnerable familiesExplore our tour
Seeds for 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: Seeds.
How we develop child protection mechanisms, driven and shaped by local communitiesExplore our tour
STRETCH for Stigma
Ensuring equal changes and access to support for children
War Child works to support children living with the effects of violence and armed conflict - but in the real world not every child can readily take part in our activities. One major barrier that limits access to our services is stigmatisation - which is why we are developing an approach to tackle stigmatisation and mitigate its effects.
How we support stigmatized children to re-enter their communitiesExplore our tour
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.
CHILDREN ARE EXTREMELY RESILIENT - BUT THEY NEED THE CHANCE TO PROCESS THEIR EXPERIENCESExplore our tour
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.