Supporting Children Affected by War: Towards an Evidence Based Care System

  • Mark J. D. JordansEmail author
  • Myrthe van den Broek
  • Felicity Brown
  • April Coetzee
  • Rinske Ellermeijer
  • Kim Hartog
  • Frederik Steen
  • Kenneth E. Miller


One in ten children globally lives in an area affected by armed conflict. Armed conflict has both direct and indirect effects on children’s social, emotional, and educational outcomes, and impacts can occur at multiple levels of the child’s ecosystem- the individual, family, community, and society. This chapter will provide an overview of the impacts of war on children, outline existing intervention research and sector standards, and provide recommendations and future directions for research and implementation. The chapter will then detail War Child Holland’s research and development agenda which aims to develop a multi-sectoral, multi-level system of care for children affected by war that addresses children’s needs across different ecological levels. This system of care is complemented by mechanisms to ensure access and quality of care. The chapter describes how evidence-based principles can be developed and implemented in such a way that they are scalable and can achieve actual real-world impact, despite the complexities and challenges of working in low-resource humanitarian settings.


Armed conflict Psychosocial Mental health Child protection Education Integrated care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. D. Jordans
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Myrthe van den Broek
    • 2
  • Felicity Brown
    • 2
  • April Coetzee
    • 2
  • Rinske Ellermeijer
    • 2
  • Kim Hartog
    • 2
  • Frederik Steen
    • 2
  • Kenneth E. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Social and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Research and DevelopmentWar ChildAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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