Adolescents to receive enhanced and efficient psychosocial support during emergencies

15 October 2023
ADAP
UNICEF Iran/Sayyari/2023

Social workers, counsellors, experts, young volunteers and peers will deliver more efficient and evidence-based services to vulnerable and at-risk adolescents, youth, and their families during emergencies thanks to a UNICEF-supported programme. This programme, a collaboration between UNICEF and the I.R Iran’s Drug Control Headquarters, included the development of an emergency protocol and the completion of two workshops in August and September 2023 for technical staff working with at-risk adolescents.

The workshops aimed to address the technical needs of the staff working with vulnerable and at-risk young girls. It also enhanced their capacity to continue providing more effective service to the youth during emergencies.

During the first workshop, in addition to capacity building on crisis management and specialised interventions, a protocol for UNICEF-supported Adolescent Wellbeing Centers in Mashhad and Kermanshah was developed to strengthen their emergency response capacity.

In the second workshop, the participants reviewed the emergency protocol and action plan for emergencies and finalized it.

Iran is a disaster-prone country, and natural emergencies like earthquakes and floods in recent years have had a profound impact on the population, including adolescents who have unique needs and challenges. These crises disrupt their lives and often have long-lasting effects on their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. It is crucial to prioritise the unique needs of adolescents during emergency response and recovery efforts.

Providing safe spaces, psychosocial support, access to education, wellbeing services, and opportunities for recreation and skill-building are essential for their well-being and resilience.

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