Parenting advice for families exposed to the Syrian conflict
Worldwide, over 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by armed conflict. The experiences of war and displacement significantly affect families, leaving children at high risk for the development of psychological and behavioural problems. In view of the new challenges faced by parents, done in the Syrian conflict, we conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with mothers living in refugee camps to explore their parenting experiences and needs as refugee families. They made clear their need for help with behavioural and emotional changes in their children, and with their parenting approaches.
The scale of most crises makes plain the impossibility of providing individual interventions for all families. An alternative is psychological first aid. Psychological first aid has been recommended by many expert groups for distressed people who have been recently exposed to a serious crisis event.
In order to test the feasibility of delivering psychological first aid for families affected by the Syrian conflict, we developed a leaflet based on 3 main sources of information:
- Parenting needs identified in our previous study
- Evidence-based theories of parenting
- Feedback from refugee families who have recently resettled in the UK
The leaflet for families exposed to armed conflict is available for download in the following languages:
Europe Refugee Crisis: Meeting the Needs
By mid-November, over 800, 000 refugees have fled their countries experiencing conflict and violence to Europe. We have adapted the parenting leaflet to meet the needs of parents arriving in Europe. This leaflet is available in the following languages:
We would like to thank all our volunteers who gave their time to translating the leaflet for us.