INEE Background Paper on Psychosocial Support and Social & Emotional Learning for Children & Youth

The purpose of this paper is to clarify relevant terminologies and approaches relating to psychosocial well-being and social and emotional learning (SEL) in education in crisis affected contexts, and to explore how psychosocial support (PSS) and social and emotional learning relate to one another. The target audiences for this paper are education practitioners, academics, and policy-makers working in education in emergencies and protracted crises. To clarify, the term “education in emergencies” refers to the educational responses—formal and non-formal—that are appropriate in immediate and sudden emergencies, and to the provision of education during chronic crises and early postcrisis reconstruction phases (International Network for Education in Emergencies [INEE], 2010; UNESCO, 2006). 

Resource Info

PSS-SEL Background

Resource Type

Background Paper


Published by

Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE)


Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS)
Social and Emotional Learning