What is happening?420 million children are forced to grow up in the midst of armed conflict. This atmosphere of violence has many direct negative effects on the mental health of these children - including feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression.
In 2018 we supported 216,903 children to rebuild their resilience.
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An integrated approach
The ultimate goal of our programmes is to ensure the improved psychosocial wellbeing of children forced to live with the effects of armed conflict. Our interventions incorporate all three of our programming lines in an integrated manner for maximum effect. We work directly with children, the important adults in their lives and the communities around them to ensure our programmes are relevant and have a lasting effect.
All these efforts help to ensure that children in areas affected by armed conflict can build a better future - both for themselves and their communities.
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Delivering psychosocial support to Syrian children in Lebanon
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What are the effects of armed conflict?
War Child works to support the healthy psychosocial development of children living with the consequences of armed conflict. These consequences can take on many forms - including feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression, as well as exposure to physical and sexual exploitation. Yet - with the right support - most children will be able to cope with the adversities they experience.
The resilience of children
Our psychosocial support interventions are designed to enable children and young people to develop their resilience and innate strengths. Participants in our life-skills interventions and structured recreational activities develop increased self-confidence and trust in others.
Identifying the right approach
For children experiencing enduring distress, we are currently testing a scalable model of intervention in Lebanon developed by the World Health Organization. A community-based detection tool - to enable the identification of children in need of specialised support - is also undergoing assessment. We also work with parents and other key adults in children’s lives to enhance their own wellbeing and their capacity to provide care and psychosocial support to children.