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Children and War UK helps children who are traumatised by wars, disasters and other catastrophic events.

The children we help may have lived through bombing, gunfire, daily danger – or flooding, an earthquake, a devastating fire. Many have lost their homes and even the people they love.

For these children, we bring hope. We show them how to cope with their experiences, how to take charge of their own thoughts, how to overcome their feelings and worries.

Our trauma recovery techniques have been used to help children in war-torn Ukraine, those affected by the Grenfell fire, survivors of the massive earthquake in Turkey and many others.

To help them, we develop and deliver psychological support that is fast, accessible, scientifically sound and focused on the needs of the child. And we train those around the children to cascade this support as widely as possible, reaching into families, communities and entire regions affected by catastrophic events.

Together we can reduce the long-term psychological effect of such events on fragile young lives.

Latest news

Art exhibition raises funds for CAW

Art exhibition raises funds for CAW

"I am very pleased to support the wonderful work of Children and War UK. Vulnerable children need the help and hope that they bring.” Friends and supporters of Children and War UK enjoyed a very special evening reception and exhibition viewing at University College...

Farewell to a founder member

Farewell to a founder member

Professor Patrick Smith, one of our founding figures, has come to the end of his term of office and left us on 17 May 2024. We are hugely grateful for Patrick’s input, as a founding trustee  of CAW UK and also a Board member of the CAW Foundation in Norway. Before...

Training for Bedford Early Support Team

Training for Bedford Early Support Team

"We are grateful to those in this session who shared their own experience of being in wars and fleeing their homelands." In April 2024 we ran two days of training for the Bedford Early Support Team, who help children and families coming to the UK from Ukraine, Syria,...

Training highlights of 2023

Training highlights of 2023

“The earthquake in Turkey and the war in Ukraine have been major focuses for our work, alongside training UK carers in schools and local authorities.” Major emergencies in Ukraine and Turkey were the focus of our training in 2023, with vital assistance given on the...

Helping the children of Ukraine

Helping the children of Ukraine

“Even in the chaos of war, effective mental health input can be rapidly and cheaply provided and should be encouraged.” Almost 7,000 children in Ukraine have been helped to cope with the trauma of war through our TRT programme, according to a new report in the Journal...

Our latest annual report

Our latest annual report

"We are particularly proud of our work to help traumatised Ukrainian children, which was launched within one month of the Russian invasion in 2022." The war in Ukraine was a major focus for our activities in the year described in our Annual Report 2022, which has just...

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What we do

We work to help children who have been affected by conflicts, disasters and other traumas, using proven techniques to improve children’s psychological wellbeing and resilience.
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Where we work

Wherever children are affected by conflict and disasters, where they remain in danger and wherever they find refuge.
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How we work

We train responsible adults, such as teachers and community leaders, professionals and non-professionals to help large groups of children in their community as quickly as possible.
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Children and War UK makes a difference

Our recovery techniques are proven to help children learn ways to deal with traumatic experiences.

What we do makes a difference

Now more than ever, children need help to cope with the trauma they're experiencing.

Children and War UK is working to give them essential tools to reduce the long-term effects of traumatic stress.

Thank you.