Community Case Detection Tool

Millions of children and families living with mental health problems - brought about 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.
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Innovative and low-cost solutions like the Community Case Detection Tools are urgently required to provide a solution to increase access to mental health support

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Low-cost, high potential

Millions living with mental health problems - brought about by exposure to violence and armed conflict - currently receive no treatment for their condition. They face significant barriers in accessing potentially life-saving mental healthcare services. These barriers to access include low awareness of available services and the perception that treatment is ineffective and even shameful.

All of this means innovative and low-cost solutions are urgently required - which is why War Child has developed the Community Case Detection (CCD) Tool. The tool has the potential to provide a low-cost solution to increase access to mental health support of millions of children living with severe emotional distress - and it’s all based on a chart on a single page.

How the intervention works

The CCD Tool is made up of illustrated narratives depicting common examples of children experiencing emotional, behavioural and/or family problems. Each narrative is based on specific cultural idioms of distress to allow for simple identification - and can be adapted to the specific context in which it is used. This simple, innovative format is inexpensive - and allows for wide scale distribution.

Detection which children need psychosocial support with the community case detection tool in Sri Lanka War Child

The CCD Tool is used to provide psychosocial support to children living with severe emotional distress

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This simple, innovative format is inexpensive - and allows for wide scale distribution.

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The page of illustrations is paired with a simple decision diagram - which allows trained facilitators from the local community to identify children and families in need of support. Based on the outcome of the tool, these trained facilitators can refer people in need to an in-depth assessment performed by a trained professional - allowing for referral to relevant and available services.

The development of the tool has been informed by research since its inception. A pilot study to analyse the accuracy of the tool in school settings has been completed in nine schools and two community-based organisations in the occupied Palestinian territory. Further research in community settings is ongoing in Sri Lanka.

More on the Community Case Detection Tool

The Community Case Detection Tool is informed by evidence and research - and is one of the integrated interventions that make up our holistic Care System. For more information on the progress and development of this intervention download our dedicated factsheet now.