European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department,SIDA, Swedish Agency for International Development Cooperation
ARC – Foundation Module 7: Psychosocial support
This module provides practical information, guidelines, examples and tools to support organisations and key actors to undertake psychosocial support to bring about positive change for children in humanitarian contexts. Useful guidance is provided to analyse what type of support best suits a particular context as well as identifying targets and appropriate messages and developing support strategies.
Psychosocial support in emergencies has specific challenges and risks, but also has the potential to draw attention to neglected emergencies and make a real change in the fulfilment of children’s rights. It can lead to short-term changes but can also address underlying causes, making it an essential part of a rights-based approach.
The ARC resource pack provides information and training materials to strengthen individuals’ capacity to address the causes of children’s vulnerabilities, to build effective child protection systems for use in emergencies and long-term development, and to ensure that no activities inadvertently compromise children’s rights or safety.
Foundation modules 1 and 2 cover core concepts such as underlying theory, international instruments establishing child rights, and principles and standards. Modules 3, 5, and 6 cover methodology such as rights-based tools and approaches. Modules 4 and 7 cover cross-cutting rights such as children’s right to be heard, to be included in decisions that concern them and to enjoy their rights without discrimination. Each module includes materials for study, slides, and training materials such as exercises and handouts.
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