Growing Up In Conflict: The impact on children’s mental health and psycho-social well-being.



Growing Up In Conflict: The impact on children’s mental health and psycho-social well-being

UNICEF, in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands, is convening a Symposium, Growing up in Conflict: The impact on children’s mental health and well-being, on 26-28 May in The Hague. Other organizers include the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), City University of New York (CUNY), HealthNet TPO, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Reference Group on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS RG), International Medical Corps (IMC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Johns Hopkins University (JHU),, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), REPSSI, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), War Child Holland, War Trauma Foundation, World Health Organization (WHO) and World Vision.

The Symposium will assemble experts on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS); practitioners, especially field colleagues from key agencies working in conflict-affected countries; academics; and representatives from United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to determine what is known, examine what is happening in the field in terms of programming and make recommendations for advancing knowledge and practice.

The Symposium will be hosted by UNICEF in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands in The Hague and supported by UNICEF’s Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, ‘Learning for Peace’, which implements innovative programming on education for peacebuilding in 14 countries around the world. The Symposium will inform a range of initiatives such as No Lost Generation, which addresses the immediate and long-term consequences of the Syria crisis on a generation of children and youth.

The Symposium will feature two days of panels and expert discussions, followed by a day for a core group of practitioners to share experiences in a planning workshop. This third day offers field colleagues from different agencies the chance to collaborate and learn from each other. The Symposium also provides an opportunity for advocacy. In particular, the concluding session of the second day brings together donor governments and practitioners from the field. The outputs of the Symposium will contribute to advocacy around the World Humanitarian Summit and post-2015 Development Agenda discussions

For more information and the full programme download The Hague Symposium Brochure.

The event will be live-streamed – please visit to watch.


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