WAR Child

Country The Netherlands
Frank Velthuizen
Program Director TeamUp

About WAR Child

War Child focuses on strengthening the resilience and psychosocial well-being of children affected by war through psychological support, education and protection.

TeamUp is co-created by a coalition of War Child Holland (WCH), Save the Children Netherlands (SCNL), and UNICEF Netherlands. TeamUp works to improve the psychosocial wellbeing of conflict-affected children aged six to 18. This is done through structured play and movement-based activities provided by trained facilitators. Children become aware of how their body works as well as how to engage with and trust in others. We communicate through movement rather than verbal cues so that all children can participate, even if they don’t share a common language.

What War Child/TeamUp is doing?

The TeamUp intervention was piloted and rolled out for children affected by conflicts in different settings, e.g. refugee settlements in Uganda, community spaces and schools in Occupied Palestine Territories by the TeamUp coalition agencies.

TeamUp is in the second stage of becoming an Evidence-Based Intervention (EBI). The Research & Development (R&D) Department (led by Mark Jordans, professor by special appointment, University of Amsterdam) of WCH leads this process.

Relating to Ukraine, TeamUp has provided a Training of Trainers (ToT) to Save the Children Poland and six partner organiations and a Training for Facilitators for SOS Children Villages in Warsaw, Poland. In Moldova a ToT is provided to 2 local NGOs and a TOT is planned for partners in Romania.