Safeguarding of children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect
affected by the war in Ukraine.
With the support of Childhood, NGORC have created and launched a large-scale psychological support program to improve psychological well-being of children and their families affected by war in Ukraine. The program includes individual and group sessions, and is available all over Ukraine online or offline in Kyiv, Kyiv region, Dnipro and Dnipropetrovsk region.
Project main activities:
Promoting psychological well-being of children and their parents: Individual and group support to vulnerable and traumatized children online and offline. Individual and group support to parents or caregivers.
Strengthening child protection capacities of staff and volunteers working in centres for IDPs and child-friendly spaces. Raising awareness of child protection issues through community information and training.
Increasing access of IDP children to safe environments. Providing financial, technical, and organizational support for NGORC partners in establishing temporary Child-Friendly Spaces in their communities.
Enhance resilience, awareness, and knowledge among Childhood partners in Ukraine of Humanitarian response, as well as the capacity to effectively engage with, related frameworks, initiatives and processes.
Most of group work with children aimed to stabilize psycho-emotional state of children through games. After the group work, 30% of participants reported improved psychological state (psychological relief, increased calmness), and 22% of beneficiaries noted improved mood based on psychologists' reports. Regarding children’s reports, 74,4% of children noted that their mood improves in the children’s satisfaction forms after group sessions.
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Since the start of full-scale invasion by the Russian Federation of Ukraine on 24 February, major attacks have been reported across country, resulting in widescale destruction of infrastructure, loss of life, and displacement.
Two out of three Ukrainian children is currently displaced, or some 5 million children, which adds increased vulnerability. According to the latest's assessment by IOM, 51% of IDP respondents indicated that at least one member of the family currently with them is a child between ages of 5 and 17. Displaced children are extremely vulnerable to being separated from their families, exploited, and trafficked.
Civil society organizations in Ukraine have been quick to react to the immediate priorities of their communities, but face many challenges as they attempt to provide humanitarian help to large numbers of people. A large number of CSOs are now providing new services and interventions that they have not worked on before, including providing assistance to children who suffered from child sexual abuse during the war.