Event Setting up Safe Spaces for Families and Children in Emergencies
Date June 6-7, 2023
Languages English with Turkish and Arabic interpretation on request
Location Online


This free training course from Amna (formerly the Refugee Trauma Initiative) focused on early childhood development in emergencies and gave workers responding to the earthquake disaster in Syria and Turkey an introduction to safe, good practice principles when setting up psychosocial support spaces and services for affected children, their caregivers and families.

The course was for organisations, workers, volunteers and anyone else working with earthquake affected children and families. Trainings took place online over the course of two days, for three hours each day.  Live interpretation in Turkish and Arabic was available as required.

Trainings covered:

• Core principles for setting up a safe healing space for children.
• An introduction to trauma-sensitive practice in emergencies with a particular focus on the experiences of early years children.
• An introduction to identity-informed practice – to ensure that affected communities are at the centre of the response.
• Trauma and identity-informed tools that can be incorporated when setting safe psychosocial healing spaces for children in an emergency setting.