Our history

Children and War UK was set up in 2021 as a charity whose mission is to develop and deliver psychological support for children traumatised by wars and other disasters worldwide. We achieve this through training and research.

Previously we were a supporters group for the Children and War Foundation, which is based in Norway, and our founding board included two of the originators of the remarkable Teaching Recovery Techniques (TRT) programme – Professor Bill Yule and Professor Patrick Smith.

TRT grew out of the field experience of Bill Yule, Patrick Smith, Atle Dyregrov and other clinical psychologists working in humanitarian situations, from the Balkan wars of the 1990s onwards. It was first documented in 2001 by the Children and War Foundation, of which Bill Yule was a co-founder.

We continue to work with the Norwegian Foundation, and we share the same aims and ways of working. We share the results of our research and work together closely, while expanding the impact of TRT from a UK base.

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In recent years we have provided life-changing help to carers looking after children affected by the war in Ukraine, the fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the earthquake in Turkey, and many others. 

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.