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Slide 1Section 1
What is psychosocial support and why is it important in emergencies?
Section 2
Section 3
in emergencies?
Key learning points
Psychosocial refers to the child’s inner world and the relationship with his or her environment.
Psychosocial support is important in order to maintain a continuum of family and community-based care and support during and after
humanitarian crises and to prevent immediate or long-term mental
health disorders.
Access to humanitarian assistance and safety and security for the population is the cornerstone of psychosocial support during humanitarian emergencies.
An important shift has taken place in psychosocial interventions from an individualised approach to a community-based approach focused on enhancing the resiliency of children and families.
Key learning points
The rights-based approach is focused on strengthening families, communities and other social institutions as responsive and protective spaces for children.
The rights-based approach advocates for universal access to essential services and State protection for children.
Work that seeks changes in the psychosocial wellbeing of children means that:
- family and community as well as individual issues are addressed
- there is a deliberate and explicit focus on bringing together psychological
factors and social inclusion, and not focusing on material,
psychological, spiritual or welfare support.
Different but complementary interventions are required in emergencies.
Access to basic services and security is the first step to ensure the psychosocial wellbeing of children.
Promoting community-based psychosocial interventions helps a majority of children will be able to regain a sense of normality following an emergency.
Key learning points
The immediate re-establishment of security, adequate governance and services is crucial in any emergency situation in order to help protect the wellbeing of children.
One of the most important aspects in promoting psychosocial wellbeing is to facilitate conditions for community mobilisation, ownership and control of the emergency response.
Key learning points
It is important to have clear and measureable objectives and indicators
that are established at the initial stages of a psychosocial support intervention.
Children, their families and key members of their communities must participate in planning, monitoring and evaluating psychosocial
interventions, especially by assisting in developing project objectives
and providing local understandings of wellbeing.
Methods for monitoring and learning include quantitative and
qualitative tools.