Psychosocial Support for children victims of forced recruitment by armed movements (Goz Dengo) 21st Sep – 19th Nov 2016 [EN/AR] – Sudan

In Sudan Conflicts and displacement have had devastating effects on the psychosocial wellbeing of its children.

Many children have experienced or have been directly affected by abuse and violence, which put them at heightened risk of psychosocial destress. Other children may have experienced the death of parents or have had displacement and camp life or recruitment which severely disturbs children daily routine, which in turn affect their psychosocial wellbeing

NCCW Approach

NCCW has developed Psychosocial Support (PSS) Manual for children and adolescence in emergency settings (minimum level intervention skills for facilitator in collaboration with UNICEF, Ahead University for Women (AUW).

The service delivery starts with an assessment of the case; if intervention is needed, then the treatment is launched through trained social workers. The service includes counseling sessions, drawing, playing, songs to reduce the trauma.

PSS provided for JEM Children Based on presidential Decree No. 864, 21 children who participated in Goz Dango battle have been granted a presidential pardon. The presidential degree directs the federal Ministry of social welfare to conduct psychosocial support for those children. The Ministry of social welfare NCCW to undertake the psychosocial support and FTR activities to NCCW with the respective partners.

In 21st September Children were transferred to the transit center which was rented by NCCW and furnished in collaboration with UNICEF.

Small committee composed of governmental agencies specialized in psychosocial support Ministry of Social welfare at Khartoum State, Family and Child Protection Unit (FCPU), CDF (which is a national NGOs specialized in psychosocial support for child soldiers).

A detailed plan of action had been developed to outline the needed intervention, which was approved by the Action Plan Steering Committee.
As part of the psychosocial support for JEM children, seven social workers were seconded to undertake the psychosocial support. In addition, The plan comprises several activities that include individual and group counseling sessions, case study, as well as other activities such as sport, painting, roll plays, singing and family visits. All those activities were done for to enhance trust building and self-steam of the children.

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