General principles

The aid programmes of War Child have been developed on the basis of theories about the development of the child, best practices in psychosocial programmes, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, other legal and humanitarian frameworks and the organisation’s own experiences.

  1. Every child in the world has the same worth. War Child therefore supports all children, regardless of their religious, ethnical or social background.
  2. The International Convention on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations and the Optional Protocol of the United Nations regarding involvement of children in armed conflicts are the main frames of reference in the work of War Child.
  3. Participation of the main parties involved, including children and other youngsters, guarantee that the programmes are in line with their own experiences, needs, priorities and means.
  4. Protective factors are important for the psychosocial development and wellbeing of children.
  5. Professionalism. The basis of our programmes is found in the social sciences, creative and sporting methods (theatre, music, sports, games) and the best practices of aid programmes.
  6. Creating capacity. (Re)creating and strengthening local aid efforts make it possible to realise the child’s right to psychosocial support. Children and other youngsters benefit most from programmes that have a lasting impact. Srilankan girl at Warchild activity
  7. Cultural diversity. Values and customs in child rearing, and ideas about a child’s development and psychosocial problems are to a large extent culturally determined.
  8. Communication, information and awareness. In a political and social climate where the rights and needs of young people are understood and respected, the rights and needs of young people will consequently be taken into greater account.



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