Improved availability of quality psychosocial support for affected children in Syria

Progetto concluso

The impact of almost four years of conflict has been devastating for millions of Syrian children. Over 5 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance - 3.5 million children are internally displaced. Children have witnessed and experienced extreme violence; many have lost one or both parents. The crisis has taken the lives of over 191,000 people. These horrifying facts are recognized worldwide, less known are the long term consequences . that the conflict will have on children. Without any doubt the psychological scars of war on children in particular, will take the longest time to heal. They will require continued efforts to ensure children are provided with the psychosocial support they need for a long time to come. The project aims at reaching a total of 70,000 children affected by the conflict in Aleppo, Hassakeh and Rural Damascus to receive improved protection and psychosocial support services.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
Assistenza umanitaria & RRC
Assistenza materiale
Protezione, accesso & sicurezza
Primary education
Capacità di base per la vita
Secondary education
01.12.2014 - 31.05.2016
CHF 1'000'000

As of November 2014, almost half of the Syrian population .had been forced to leave their homes, often multiple times, generating the largest population displacement. The ongoing deterioration of the security situation and stability in the country has resulted in serious protection concerns. The Secretary General's report on children in armed conflict (15 May 2014) has listed recruitment of children, rape, sexual violence, killing and maiming of children, denial of humanitarian assistance, abduction of children, and attacks on schools and hospitals as grave child rights violations committed against Syrian children by parties to the conflict. Moreover, one third of the children affected by the crisis in Syria reportedly have psychological distress and post-traumatic disorders, with boys and girls equally affected. The deteriorating economic activity, access to basic social services and food is also undermining community resilience. With the crisis dragging on into a fourth year, there is a need to continue to respond to urgent humanitarian needs, while building capacity of public systems, families and communities to withstand shocks and stresses in the longer term. This project will contribute towards continuing UNICEF's effort in reaching out to more children who needs psychosocial support, by way of establishing additional Child Friendly Spaces, training school counsellors to provide psychosocial support in the school settings and empowering younger persons.


The psychosocial well-being of children affected by the conflict in Syria has improved and they are better able to cope with loss and distress.

Gruppi target

The Project will be implemented in 20 districts in 3 Governorates (Aleppo, Hassake, Rural Damascus).

Hassakeh: Child Pop: 221,200: Reached 900; Target: 5,000 (Outreach: 10,000)

Aleppo: Child Pop 927,500; Reached: 5,116; Target: 5,000 (Outreach: 10,000)

Rural Damascus: Child Pop 747,425; Reached: 27,302; Target: 20,000 (Outreach: 20,000) The total number of direct beneficiaries is 70,000 children, (including 40,000 Outreach beneficiaries).

Effetti a medio termine

70,000 children affected by the conflict in Syria have received psychosocial support services (including 40,000 covered through outreach).


Risultati principali attesi:  

  1. 9 Child Friendly Spaces and 6 Mobile Child Protection Units have been established in 3 Governorates.
  2. 15 community support groups and 60 local volunteers and staff have the skills and knowledge to provide psychosocial support to children in their communities
  3. Psychosocial Support (PSS) activities integrated in schools
  4. Communication materials for PSS available

Risultati fasi precedenti:  

SDC has been funding the project 7F-08300.01 "psycho-social and physical rehabilitation support to children and other vulnerable people affected by the crisis in Syria" for duration of 15.12.2011 till 31.12.2014. The provided assistance has enabled child friendly spaces, including mobile child friendly spaces, to function in affected areas. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UNICEF succeeded in operationalizing summer school clubs first in the Deraa governorate and expanded the model to other governorates ensuring provision of psychosocial support and remedial education to around 22,000 school age children in 110 schools of affected communities.

Among the lessons learnt for future similar projects are:

  • The government participation in programme management including the design stage is fundamental to ensure government commitment and ownership.
  • Heavy involvement of qualified technical professionals in designing and implementing of the programme is fundamental for its success. However this was a challenge for UNICEF with its limited human resources.

Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Organizzazione delle Nazioni Unite (ONU)
  • Fondo delle Nazioni Unite per l’infanzia

Coordinamento con altri progetti e attori

Coordination and linkages with other programmes will be sought, including with school clubs through education, as well as with early childhood development, health, nutrition and water and environmental sanitation.

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF   1'000'000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF   1'000'000 Progetto totale dalla prima fase Budget inclusi partner del progetto CHF  1'832'680
Fasi del progetto

Fase 2 01.12.2014 - 31.05.2016   (Completed)