Community-Based Psychosocial Support for Syrian and Egyptian Children in Urban Areas: A Case Study From Egypt.
Published: March 2017
This report presents a case study that describes Plan International Egypt’s community-based psychosocial program for over 4,000 Syrian refugee and vulnerable Egyptian children aged between 2 and 18 years old in poor suburbs in Alexandria. It explains the aim of Plan International’s intervention was to prevent and respond to high levels of psychosocial distress of Syrian refugee children and vulnerable Egyptian children. Key activities are described and included center-based and mobile recreational activities, life skills sessions, and parenting circles to disseminate best parenting practices and provide support to parents. At-risk children and families were referred to child protection and more specialized services when required. The activities were implemented through four existing community centers, Community Development Associations (CDA). The intervention’s achievements are highlighted and include the increased participation of Syrian children in community activities as well as higher enrolment in education as a result of improved social integration. In addition, awareness activities have led to increased reports of child protection concerns in the community and in schools. Key lessons from the intervention are then discussed and include the importance of having technical specialists to support the structured implementation of psychosocial support activities by non-specialized staff, and the establishment of a functional referral system to respond to the concerns of Syrian refugee children and their families in a holistic way. (Author abstract modified)
refugees; child abuse; child neglect; child protective services; prevention programs; community based services; therapeutic intervention; well being; recreational programs; parenting skills; parent education; education; socialization; acculturation; child abuse reporting