Download the Community Case Detection Tool and Adaptation Toolkit

A record 200 million children worldwide are currently living directly with the effects of violence and armed conflict. These children face a growing number of threats to their safety and wellbeing, which can often result in feeling of anxiety, depression and even suicide. Yet most children receive no treatment for their problems. That’s why War Child has developed the Community Case Detection Tool.

How does it work?

The tool is developed for trusted and respected community members, without a professional mental health background to support proactive community-level identification of children, adolescents and families in need of mental healthcare to promote help-seeking. The tool is made up of a series of narratives and illustrations paired with a simple decision chart. These illustrated narratives display common examples of children experiencing emotional, behavioural or family-related distress. 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. After a two-day training, community members will be able to use the tool during their daily routine activities to proactively identify children in need of support and guide them to relevant services.

The CCDT is currently available in English, Arabic (version developed and evaluated in the occupied Palestinian territory) and Tamil (version developed and evaluated in Sri Lanka), and is free to use. If the tool is not yet available for your context, a short adaptation process will be required.

If you are interested in using the CCDT, we will require a signed License Agreement which describes the copyright ownership and terms of using the materials.


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