Webinar date and time: 31 October 2023, 13.00 - 14.30 (CET)
Watch the webinar recordings here.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, millions of Ukrainians, in particular children, have been exposed to increased levels of stress, regardless of whether they remained in Ukraine or sought refuge in neighbouring countries. The experience of war and displacement, often includes family separation, loss of familiar environments and routines, as well as disruption in support networks and economic security. These take a tremendous toll on the mental health and wellbeing of children and their capacity of caregivers to provide nurturing care.
In many cases, primary health workers and other professionals working with young Ukrainian children and caregivers are not equipped to identify the signs of mental health distress in young children, offer psycho-social support and referral, as well as strengthen the resilience in children and caregivers. These should all be part of routine healthcare.
On the 31st of October 2023, join Health Systems for Early Childhood Development for a webinar exploring how primary health workers can effectively respond to the effects of adversity in early childhood using professional competencies to build trusting relationships with caregivers and capacities for nurturing care, including integrating a mental health approach that strengthens protective factors in children’s environments.
This webinar is organised by UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (ECARO), WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), and the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) under the auspices of the Health Systems for Early Childhood Development initiative.
The webinar will be presented in English with simultaneous interpretation in Polish, Ukrainian, and Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian.
The webinar concept note is available in:
View the presentation slides here:
- Keynote: Leveraging science to foster resilience for children and families in crisis settings – James Cairns, Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.
- Voices from the field – Anna Dzielska & Katarzyna Okulicz-Kozaryn, Institute of Mother and Child, Poland.
- Strengthening the capacity of early childhood practitioners to provide psychosocial support to children and their caregivers – Zorica Trikic, International Step by Step Association.