Ukraine’s Children: Use Evidence to Support Child Protection in Emergencies

Lucie Cluver, Ben Perks, Sabine Rakotomalala, Wadih Maalouf

This opinion piece published in the BMJ, argues that evidence based parenting support is needed for families in both sudden and protracted crises, to help protect children from adverse outcomes. The authors say that in emergencies, families need evidence based support that is accessible, relevant, and simple. The parenting programmes prevent and disrupt the intergenerational transmission of violence and trauma and improve mental health for parents and children. When combined with economic assistance (“‘cash plus care”) they are even more effective.