World Awareness for
Children in Trauma
  (WACIT)
Welcome...
How was WACIT born? This evolved through discussions and longstanding with friends, colleagues, volunteers and ex-victims who share the belief that 'there is always hope', even in the most adverse circumstances of individual and collective trauma. We wanted to bring at the forefront and join up good and innovative practice, as well as the emerging evidence, in a comprehensive model and materials that can be used by groups and individuals in the most remote areas of the world.
 
Every professional, carer and volunteer has a role to play; and every approach has a place. WACIT trancends cultures, religions and politics. It is instead open to new ideas and technologies from the young to the experienced alike. WACIT has an organizational structure and a strategy of establishing local sustainable networks. But it has no agenda, committees or budget. What we share is an abundance of passion and sheer determination to help children exposed to different types of trauma around the world.
 
There are so many ways you can contribute - get in touch now, join the programme, and make a difference!
 
 
 
 



Professor of Child Mental Health, University of Leicester
Visiting Professor, University College London
Beautiful personal seal (name stamp) given to Panos by Luo Qinghong brought over from China.  The character is "Lishu", a kind of sculpture . It origin is from "Qin"dynasty(China's first dynasty), more than 2200 years ago.
Partners & WACIT Mission
The Royal College of Psychiatrists promotes mental health for all but the faculty of child and adolescent psychiatry is particularly concerned with children and young people’s mental health.  We are strong supporters of WACIT!
 
Peter Hindley
Chair, Child and Adolescent Faculty
Royal College of Psychiatrists
WACIT is helping to break down the barrier between West and Non-West, North and South, by shining a light on the ways that trauma impacts children globally. No country is spared from this epidemic of trauma whether it is due to war, poverty, or violence. Politicians and leaders need to understand these costs as they make decisions, and support policies that reduce violence in all communities.
 
Niranjan S. Karnik
Associate Professor, Rush University Medical Cente, Chicago
& Medical Director, Road Home Program: Center for Veterans &
their Families, Chicago
& Director, Rush University Life Course SBIRT Training Program, Chicago
Our endevour is to help children working on the streets as the “Hayat Health and Social Services Foundation” since 1998. Reintegrate those children into the society is aimed by providing rehabilitation, education and social support. 95% of our project is proceeding by courtesy of volunteer support. “The Trauma, Children and NGO’s” workshops was really useful for us. Both the volunteers who works for Hayat and the other volunteers working with disadvantaged groups in other NGO’s have been informed about the traumatic children and how they can be helped. It was a really efficient training.
 
Hatice Sen
Manager
Hayat Foundation, Turkey
The NGO SOS Children’s Villages in Greece provides nourishment and support, through their programmes across the whole country, to a great number of children and youth in need. By closely collaborating with the project WACIT, SOS Children Villages are now able to improve the quality of the services provided, for which we all are very grateful!
 
Panagiotis Sofios
Director of Pedagogical Services
SOS Children’s Villages Greece
Hussaini Foundation- Child Development Programme (CDP) has been working since May 2011 to develop awareness amongst parents, teachers and youths for early identification of common child mental health problems in Pakistan. Our partnership with World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT) provides a perfect collaboration bringing with it a rich global perspective and experience to meet the needs of children undergoing mental health difficulties or those who have experienced trauma.
 
Sajida Hassan
Clinical Child Psychologist and Researcher
& Principal investigator (Child Development Project) Hussaini Foundation Pakistan
My colleagues and I pay a great concern about child and young people’ mental health. WE think love, mercy, sincere, knowledge is the best thing for them. WACIT doing like that!  We strongly believe the WAICT can do more for who needed it!
 
Luo Qinghong (Academic visitor from China: May 2015-May 2016)
Teacher of Department of Student Education
Chongqing University of Science and Technology
In any society, about one in ten children and young people up to the age of 18 years suffer from mental health problems. These rates can rise up to 40%, or higher, in the presence of trauma, for example among children raised in care or living in the streets. These children are also more likely to have different types of disability. There is still substantial fear and stigma of mental ill health, as well as discrimination. On a promising note, there are increasing public and media attention, legislation and child-centred approaches adapted to different sociocultural needs. There is an increasing choice of types of help to build child resilience, thus prevent future mental health problems for those children most at risk.
Why this Project is Timely and Important for Children Worldwide?
Because no single country can provide all answers and services required, even if their health and welfare systems are relatively well resourced. Instead, sharing knowledge, lessons learned and solutions can have a dramatic and largescale impact on children, particularly those living in deprived communities, high risk environments and low income countries.
Why a Global Approach is Needed?
Because, as our case studies demonstrate, we have consolidated in our partnerships and have achieved sufficient outputs to enable us to make direct impact on vulnerable groups, in diverse populations, and living in very unfortunate situations. During 2015, the International Child Mental Health Trail Blazer was a great success in establishing communities’ views on how children can be best helped, and in setting up child trauma centres with limited resources. The lessons of the International Child Mental Health Trail Blazer can be applied to generate wider awareness and sustainable support in other countries, and for even more remote and marginalized child populations.
Why now?