WE ACT Tool

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

Crucial to our work is to empower frontline workers in areas affected by armed conflict

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Assess and help develop competencies of humanitarians

Thousands of frontline humanitarian staff around the world work daily to uphold the fundamental rights of children against a backdrop of violence and armed conflict. Yet in the real world - where security is volatile and resources are scarce - our efforts to deliver the highest standards of quality care can sometimes be compromised.

To uphold the quality of our programmes, it is essential that frontline workers have key personal and professional competencies in place to work with children. Concerted efforts to empower these valuable members of staff are vital - both in order to provide quality care and minimise the risk of doing harm.

Yet tools to assess and help develop the core competencies of frontline humanitarian workers are scarce - which is why we are working to develop and test the WE ACT tool.

Women from Burundi fled to DR Congo, now in War Child programme

Thousands of frontline humanitarian staff around the world work daily to uphold the fundamental rights of children

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War Child staff in Uganda helps children overcome their fear and pain

Efforts to empower valuable members of staff are vital to provide quality care and minimise the risk of doing harm

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How the tool works

The WE ACT tool is designed to measure whether frontline workers in areas affected by armed conflict have sufficient competencies to provide effective support to children. The tool can be employed to support staff working in the fields of education, protection and psychosocial support - and in future will be used to further uphold the delivery of high quality care across all War Child programmes.

The tool will measure the skills of individual staff against a scale that runs from ‘potential harm’ to ‘mastery’ - enabling staff to benefit from targeted professional support. Methods ranging from group discussions to theatrical roleplays will help staff themselves to identify areas of concern - and bring about necessary changes.

Our ambition is that the WE ACT tool will improve the recruitment and training of humanitarian staff, as well as serving as a framework for ongoing professional support and supervision. Formative research has already been undertaken in Gaza ahead of a pilot test later in 2019 in Lebanon.

More on the WE ACT tool

The WE ACT tool has already been trialled and evaluated in field conditions - 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.