TeamUp

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.
Group of Ugandans dancing in line - War Child projects TeamUp

Through TeamUp we aim to strengthen children's resilience and psychosocial wellbeing

Photo: War Child

Significant long term risks to mental health

Children escaping violence and armed conflict are exposed to sources of acute stress during their journeys to safety - and these stresses continue to exert a negative impact on their wellbeing once they have found refuge. The long term risks posed to mental health and healthy development are particularly significant.

TeamUp was launched in 2016 as a collaboration between War Child, Save The Children and UNICEF Netherlands to address these urgent psychosocial needs. The programme initially targeted refugee children recently arrived in the Netherlands - and is currently active in more than 25 asylum reception settings across the country.

The international roll-out of TeamUp began in Uganda and has expanded to meet the needs of children in Colombia and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). TeamUp will soon expand within Europe to support refugee children in Sweden, Greece and Italy.

The TeamUp methodology is also used to support new arrivals in Dutch schools. Activities are currently ongoing in more than 15 school classes - building on the success of a pilot implemented in 2017.

Children during TeamUp session in Dutch asylum centre

TeamUp is currently active in more than 25 asylum reception settings across the Netherlands

Photo: Julie Hrudova

War Child Uganda - TeamUp with Mali

The international roll-out of TeamUp began in Uganda and has expanded to meet the needs of children in various other countries

Photo: War Child

The methodology and research behind TeamUp

The TeamUp methodology encompasses sports, games and movement activities. The suite of activities promote themes such as dealing with anger, stress and interacting respectfully with peers. This thematically organised programme of movement-based activities is designed to provide children with emotional support and vital stability - serving to improve both their resilience and psychosocial wellbeing.

TeamUp is an easy-access intervention - implemented inside asylum reception centres and refugee settlements by trained volunteer facilitators. The programme is easily replicable in low resource settings - and can be launched rapidly in response to urgent needs.

A practice-driven evaluation of the intervention in the Netherlands is currently being finalised - examining stakeholder perceptions, service delivery and process and outcome indicators.

An evaluation study of TeamUp in School is also planned to assess implementation quality and the potential outcomes for children taking part in the programme. Further research to assess the outcomes of TeamUp on children will soon start in Uganda.

More on TeamUp

TeamUp is informed by evidence and research - and is an integral part of our holistic Care System. For more information on the progress and development of this intervention download our dedicated factsheet now.