Changing the Face of Child Mental Health, 2006
In recent years, we have learned a great deal about the responses of children, families and communities to traumatic events.We have learned how disasters victimize children in many ways; they can disrupt families and communities, destroy homes and separate children from their loved ones. Children’s responses to trauma differ from those of adults and are based on a combination of factors: preexisting temperament, the nature of the trauma and what services were provided.We know that in times of stress adults and children alike may go through periods of shock, develop physical complaints and become angry, sad and/or scared. Children may also become more irritable or regress in their behavior and worry about the safety of those who care for them.
War Child is a network of independent organisations working across the world to help children affected by war. War Child UK was founded in February 1993 by Bill Leeson and David Wilson, two film makers, after they had returned from the former Yugoslavia having made a film for the BBC Arena programme about the role of artists in war.
The Children and Armed Conflict Unit aims to keep the issue of the impact of armed conflict on children in the public and institutional eye through its web-site, which provides accessible information on conflicts and relevant international standards and norms as well as good practices relating to children.
Refugee children living in Australia have usually survived a multitude of traumatic experiences in their country of origin. Exposed to war, persecution, extreme deprivation and sometimes torture, they are prone to post traumatic stress disorder and physical ailments.