Family Intervention

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.
Girl at home due to coronavirus lockdown getting education at home - War Child

Family systems are often severely affected by armed conflict and prolonged violence

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Difficulties for families living amid armed violence

Families play an essential role in upholding the emotional and physical wellbeing of children - but family systems are often severely affected by armed conflict and prolonged violence.

Many families living with the effects of violence can experience multiple difficulties. These difficulties include mental health difficulties among both children and adults, intimate partner violence, substance use and parenting challenges.

These problems can combine and interact to result in a significant negative impact - making it difficult for families to get back on track. That’s why War Child - as part of our research and development agenda - is developing an integrated multi-sector intervention to support vulnerable families exposed to violence and armed conflict.

Nelson en zijn familie vinden weer hoop na hun vlucht naar Oeganda

Families play an essential role in upholding the emotional and physical wellbeing of children

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Mali and her family standing in front of their house in Uganda - War Child

War Child is developing an integrated multi-sector intervention to support vulnerable families exposed to violence and armed conflict.

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How we are developing the intervention

The research behind the Family Intervention is informed by two key ‘real world’ considerations - how to implement the intervention within existing humanitarian contexts and how to facilitate robust collaboration between actors in different humanitarian sectors.

Extensive literature reviews have been undertaken in support of these two aims - serving to identify the available evidence in support of family interventions in low and middle-income countries. A conceptual framework for the intervention has also been developed based on these reviews - which will shape intervention development and a pilot trial in 2020.

More on the Family Intervention

The Family Intervention is one of the integrated interventions in development as part of our holistic Care System. For more information on the progress and development of this intervention download our dedicated factsheet now.