Safe Places, Thriving Children

CELCIS, SOS Children’s Villages

As part of the “Safe Places, Thriving Children” project, SOS Children’s Villages has developed a series of six e-learning modules which aim at increasing participants’ understanding of trauma and its effects on children and young people, and provide guidance on how to act in a more trauma-sensitive way when working with children, young people and families. By completing the modules, the authors hope that participants will be able to better support and understand those who may be affected by traumatic experiences, such as the children, young people and families that have been displaced from their homes in Ukraine.

Each module takes around 40 minutes to complete, and once the two introductory modules are completed, you can access four further modules that cover topics such as working with families and unaccompanied refugee children.


Practice Guidance

The Practice Guidance was developed by CELCIS and SOS Children’s Villages as a resource for participants taking part in the “Safe Places, Thriving Children” training. The purpose of this guidance is to improve understanding and practice in relation to working with children and young adults who live in alternative care settings and who may have experienced trauma.

Training Manual 

The Training Manual was developed by CELCIS and SOS Children's Villages as a tool for Master Trainers to deliver the "Safe Places, Thriving Children" training. Master Trainers are required to undergo a Training of Trainers before delivering the national training sessions so that they can ensure the quality of training.  Contact the authors for a copy of the training manual. 

Organisational Development Guidance Document 

The Guidance Document was developed to support organisations taking part in the Organisational Development workshops for the project. Through the workshops, we aim to establish a trauma-informed culture in organisations that care for and support children and young adults in alternative care.

“A Culturally Sensitive Approach” – Annex to the “Safe Places, Thriving Children” Practice Guidance 

This resource was developed by SOS Children's Villages Belgium as an annex to the Practice Guidance. This tool provides guidance for social workers working with unaccompanied refugee and migrant children on how to use trauma-informed practices in a culturally sensitive way.