If we really want to make training materials accessible to practitioners, caregivers and volunteers in the most remote and adverse circumstances, being free, easily downloadable, and in their own language are small steps along the way – we are taking those barriers into consideration as we are developing different levels of training too.
For a start, a big thanks to Seyda Eruyar for the Turkish language versions. A few more are in the pipeline, but please do contact us if you want to make an impact in your own country!
We will miss Ahmet, who is going back to Turkey but, among several contributions, he captured nicely the key principles of approaching interventions and services for refugee children. It was Ahmet’s interest in vulnerable help-seeking patterns that flavoured his stance of refugee children beyond specific practice implications. Consequently, this is the first WACIT resource that is beginning to ‘speak’ on issues of service planning and delivery, particularly on establishing inter-agency networks and joint care pathways, whatever the resource constraints:
Elijah Getanda has published a difficult study on the views by four groups of stakeholders in Kenya slums (young people, parents, teachers and other professionals) on barriers in identifying and addressing children’s psychosocial needs. The major ones are not surprising, i.e. stigma, lack of resources, challenges in engaging parents, and non-adaptation of intervention in the particular sociocultural context. Nevertheless, promising findings in showing us the way where to focus in implementing the increasing evidence on intervention programmes:
This is not just a gathering of interested folk, but rather a global network built around interprofessional training events across many countries, from practitioners, service users, volunteers, students and researchers. They all bring their own contribution, passion, experience and innovation.
Real networks are not easy to run properly. Our lack of funding still makes that level elusive, but who cares? The quality of the partners is a guarantee to continue to share ideas, interventions and evidence. The new WACIT Facebook page will do for a start:
Aggression is easy to spot, but it is usually difficult to establish its patterns, precipitants and other underlies. For children who suffer trauma like abuse and neglect, this can indicate both disproportionately acting out past experiences in the face of perceived threat, learned behaviours, and even normal responses.
Victoria has captured these challenges and subtleties nicely in this third free WACIT resource, in putting forward a framework for approaching recognition and planning strategies:
This super work is coming to fruition – thanks to Priya today! Of course, this resource is at the heart of the programme and our own hearts. It needed almost three years of sweat and tears with so many of you to be tested, yet look so simple (www.wacit.org) – from the Jakarta orphanages in Bahasa language to the humble school at Nakivale refugee camp in Uganda, people have embraced its principles and used them to help others. :
Thanks to Frances, who has kick started an exciting series of free psychoeducation resources for caregivers and frontline practitioners in contact with vulnerable children in low- and middle-income countries, but not only. Hopefully, these will help raise awareness, introduce key principles and make some impact together with other training initiatives that are following shortly.
The first resource is particularly related to education, but will be useful across settings too. It can be downloaded from the WACIT website:
We would welcome your feedback, suggestions for more resources, and sharing your expertise!