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A Third Year of War: Supporting Ukrainian Children in a Continuing Crisis

24 February 2024 marked the 2nd anniversary of the War in Ukraine. Two years ago the lives of millions of children and young people changed forever. Today, almost 3 million children in Ukraine are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance: they are missing out on basic necessities including food, heating, shelter and healthcare. Almost 4 […]

Responding to the War in Ukraine

A year ago, in response to the ongoing war in Ukraine, which has forced millions of people to flee their homes, we initiated the “Hearing the voices of Ukrainian children and young people: child helplines responding to the Ukraine crisis” project. This project, funded by UNICEF’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, aimed to amplify […]

Responding to the Crisis Caused by the War in Ukraine

In this report, we delve into the impact that capacity-building activities have had on the participants in our Ukraine Crisis Response workshops. These workshops covered topics critical in times of war, such as conflict-related gender-based violence, human trafficking, trauma-informed care, and the role of counsellors in emergencies. Download PDF This report has been updated on […]

Voices of Children & Young People Affected by the War in Ukraine

To influence policymaking through reliable evidence, we collected monthly data on the nature and volume of contacts received by child helplines in the region. This data allowed us to gain insights into the challenges faced by Ukrainian refugees and their families, as well as local children. In this report, we delve into the demographic characteristics […]

Child Helplines in Emergencies: Roles & Best Practices

This report examines the indispensable role of child helplines in emergencies and crises, with a specific focus on Russia’s War in Ukraine. It outlines the diverse range of services provided by helplines during such times, from ensuring that children’s basic needs are met and offering essential mental health support, to more indirect services such as […]

Human Trafficking in the Context of Ukraine

While there is a basic-level of understanding of the correlation between conflict and human trafficking, the specific context in which this may play out in Ukraine has been relatively understudied. As a Lecturer in Modern Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute of the University of Hull who specializes in the connection between conflict and human trafficking, […]

Kek Vonal: A Safe Haven for Children in Hungary 

My journey to Budapest had never been so complete and inspiring since I got the opportunity to visit Kek Vonal, the child helpline in Hungary. My visit to Kek Vonal, also known as the Blue Line Children’s Crisis Foundation, was life changing. As soon as I walked into their call centre, I felt the warmth […]