Psychological First Aid Training Manuals for Child Practitioners

Psychological first aid (PFA) is globally acknowledged as a simple, efficient method of providing initial support in crisis situations. 

Psychological first aid for children can be given during an emergency situation or immediately after a critical event. Training in psychological first aid for children can take place as part of an immediate response or as part of a capacity building activity in disaster preparedness in emergency prone areas, as well as when preparing staff on the global emergency response list.

Psychological first aid is used not only in connection with major emergencies such as a tsunami or an earthquake, but also during or after a crisis affecting a small group of individuals. Save the Children staff, partner organizations and other professionals can also give psychological first aid for children as a first and immediate intervention in their work with vulnerable children in a non-emergency context, for example with children who have been sexually or physically abused or neglected, as well as children in conflict with the law or after accidents.

Save the Children's Psychological First Aid Training Manual for Child Practitioners is a set of skills and competences that help staff reduce the initial distress of children caused by accidents, natural disasters, conflicts and other critical incidents. The training manual consists of:

  • Tools for communication, reassurance and comfort for staff working directly with distressed children
  • Advice and guidance for staff working with parents and primary care-givers
  • Suggestions for ways to support a distressed child

The training targets all people working with and for children, including social workers, Save the Children and partner staff, teachers, health workers etc., regardless of their professional background.