Pilot Implementation of Child Psychosocial Framework in Kenya, Turkey and Brazil
journal contributionposted on 09.09.2019, 08:51 by P. Vostanis, S. Eruyar, E. Smit, M. O'Reilly
To develop a child psychosocial framework among stakeholders in areas of disadvantage in three low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) Kenya, Turkey and Brazil, and to capture their proposed recommendations through action plans according to this framework. Design/methodology/approach
Workshops were facilitated with a total 54 participants from different disciplines. The framework addressed safety and child-centredness, quality of care, resilience-building in schools and communities, enhancing competencies within existing roles, counselling and psychological interventions, and access to mental health services. Stakeholders’ perspectives were captured through a participatory action procedure.
The emerging 33 categories across the framework dimensions and the three sites led to four overarching and inter-linked themes. These related to: community awareness; empowerment and ‘mobilization’ of children, young people and families; inter-agency policy and practice; and capacity-building on skills acquisition at different levels. Research limitations / implications
The next stage in this service research should be full implementation and evaluation in different LMIC contexts. Practical implications It is feasible to implement such a child psychosocial framework in contexts of conflict and disadvantage, and in the absence of specialist mental health services. Active stakeholder engagement and co-production should be central to the next phase of service transformation in LMIC.
Originality / value
This study captured the views and experiences of stakeholders in LMIC areas of disadvantage, and demonstrated their readiness to establish interdisciplinary networks and to re-focus existing services.