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- ACT Guiding principles_Portuguese (502.8Kb)
- ACT Guiding principles_French (409.2Kb)
- ACT Guiding principles_Spanish (571.3Kb)
ACT Guiding principles_English
This document has been developed to assist ACT staff, consultants and volunteers in providing community-based psychosocial support in places and countries where this work is needed.
- who-mhGAP intervention guide.pdf (1.9Mb)
who-mhGAP intervention guide.pdf
mhGAP Intervention Guide for mental, neurological and substance use disorders in non-specialized health settings
Health Emergency Response Units - Psychosocial Support Component Delegate Manual (2012)
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Reference Centre for Psychosocial support.
Psychosocial delegates deployed to emergency settings will find this manual highly useful. Among humanitarian actors it is commonly known that armed conflicts and natural disasters cause significant psychological and social suffering to affected populations. One of the priorities in emergencies is thus to protect and improve people's mental health and psychosocial well-being.
Helping Healing: Modules for Caregivers on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection (2006)
UP CIDS Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights; UNICEF Manila; Department of Social Welfare and Development
Helping Healing: Modules for Caregivers on Basic Biopsychosocial Help for Children in Need of Special Protection is a product of UNICEF’s nationwide program on upgrading the capacities of caregivers in providing biopsychosocial services for children in need of special protection (CNSP). This was made possible through the coordinated efforts of UNICEF, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Psychosocial Trauma and Human Rights Program of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies, University of the Philippines (UP CIDS PST).
This manual addresses the need to train social workers and other child caregivers in using holistic, child oriented, and culturally appropriate approaches in helping CNSP.
Some useful guides and resources rooted on a rights-based approach are provided. The manual also takes into account the cultural context of Filipino children and the caregivers by incorporating discussions on Sikolohiyang Pilipino. Creative techniques which can be used by social workers in conducting training courses for child caregivers are also included in this manual.
PLHIV Stigma Index Sri Lanka - 2010
UNAIDS, Family Planning Association Sri Lanka and Partners
This People Living with HIV Stigma Index report is a result of a series of consultations with key stakeholders including membership of three networks of HIV positive people, and the National Partnership comprising of UN joint team on AIDS, the National STD & AIDS Control Programme and the Family Planning Association of Sri Lanka.
This report makes specific recommendations to address the needs of people living with HIV in Sri Lanka, as identified through the Stigma Index, focusing primarily on Health Care Settings, Law and Rights and Positive Living. This report recognizes that while external conditions of stigma and discrimination need to be addressed, HIV positive people in Sri Lanka require the capacity and skills to educate each other on life after HIV, and how they can live positive and productive lives free from fear, and be conscious of their rights; rights they may have to fight for; a fight that they must believe they can win.
- Gender-based violence against children in emergencies: Save the Children UK's response, Hyder and Veigh 2007 (235.2Kb)
- Unspeakable Crimes Against Children: Sexual violence in conflict, Save the Children 2013 (632.8Kb)
- Gender-Based Sexual Violence Against Teenage Girls in the Middle East, Save the Children 2007 (1.1Mb)
- Key Actions for GBV and Education (Note: This is an excerpt from the IASC GBV Handbook) (66.3Kb)
- Children and GBV an overview of existing conceptual frameworks, Save the Children 2007 (419.4Kb)
- Unsafe Schools: A Literature Review of School-Related Gender-Based Violence in Developing Countries, USAID (1.7Mb)
- School-related gender based violence in Sierra Leone, Concern 2010 (2Mb)
- Too often in silence a report on school based violence in West and Central Africa, Save the Children 2010 (876.6Kb)
The abandoned illness. A report by the Schizophrenia Commission_2012
The Schizophrenia Commission was established in November 2011 by Rethink Mental Illness. The independent Commission was made up of 14 experts who have worked together to review how outcomes for people with schizophrenia and psychosis can be improved and it was chaired by the eminent psychiatrist, Professor Sir Robin Murray.
The Commission ran six formal evidence gathering sessions involving over 80 experts, including people who have lived with schizophrenia or psychosis,
family members and carers, health and social care practitioners and researchers. 2,500 people responded to the Commission’s survey online. The Commissioners also visited services across England and drew upon
relevant published research literature.
They focused, in particular, on the delivery of adult mental health services but did also consider the impact on young people, those within the criminal justice system, the homeless and those with co-morbid problems such as substance misuse as well as the role of prevention and community development for building an emotionally resilient and healthy society.
High Hopes, Grim Reality: Reintegration and the Education of Former Child Soldiers in Sierra Leone
By Theresa S. Betancourt, Stephanie Simmons, Ivelina Borisova, Stephanie E. Brewer, Uzo Iweala, and Marie de la Soudière. Comp Educ Rev. 2008 November 1; 52(4): 565–587.
"This study aims to fill this gap [in research] and presents the perspectives of former child soldiers in Sierra Leone, their caregivers, and community members speaking to the role of education in their psychosocial adjustment and community reintegration following the end of the civil war."
When children affected by war go home: Lessons learned from Liberia (SUMMARY)
"This is a summary of a report that was written and researched by Krijn Peters with Edwin Dorbor (interpreter and research assistant) and Sophie Laws (research adviser) in 2000, and edited by Bridget Pettit and Celia Petty. The research included three months of fieldwork in Liberia, and was guided by project advisory teams in the UK and Liberia and by the expert advice of Dr Patrick Bracken." Published by Save the Children UK, 2003.