I came across Children and War UK in 2015 while working with refugee minors and families in asylum centres in Norway and camps in Greece after the Syrian refugee crisis. Over half of the individuals fleeing their homes to reach the European shores were children and young people. They are the most vulnerable victims of war and conflict and their experiences may have severe and lasting effects on their health, development and futures.
During my studies, I had the opportunity to develop a research project to evaluate psychological support for young refugees settled in London, alongside founding member and dear friend, Professor William Yule at King’s College London. He is one of the extraordinary individuals who have over decades worked relentlessly to improve our understanding of and ability to best support children and young people through clinical work, research and charity efforts. With wars and conflicts still ongoing, it is critical to provide psychological support at an early stage to help reduce the long-term effects of these events on young lives.