A substantial proportion of children experiencing armed violence will suffer psychological and social problems as a result. 

Our online collection of specialist papers shares a variety of research studies and practitioner reports, presented for practitioners working in this field.

These papers explore such questions as: Why is it that some children appear ‘resilient’ while others are classed as ‘traumatised’? Do some types of violence, result in greater child disturbance? What is the relationship between trauma and guilt in perpetrators of violence? What do we mean by ‘resilience’?

Some focus on traumatic outcomes, while others examine what factors foster and support child social well-being.

A range of interventions are discussed. These may be highly structured and controlled, focusing on psychological symptoms at the individual or group level. Some identify distress as the product of social-ecological factors that vary according to the local context, and must be built into any adequate intervention response. Increasingly there is recognition that interventions need to be both appropriate and sustainable at the local level.

Our publications make this wide variety of reports easily accessible to practitioners in the field – particularly those without access to academic libraries or up to date relevant literature.

Their range – from a successful dance therapy intervention for excluded former child soldiers in Sierra Leone to a focused cognitive-behavioural intervention with survivors of sexual violence – aims to encourage dialogue and to stimulate improved understanding and practice for children affected by armed conflict.

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