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KITU: mental health services for asylum seeker children and young people who have been victims of torture and who are severely traumatised

Psychiatric treatment and therapy were provided for traumatised asylum seeker children, who had been victims of torture prior to arrival in Finland.

Project dates 01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012
Total budget€403 719
EU contribution75%
Name of the entity managing the projectHelsinki Deaconess Institute
FundERF
CountryFinland

Project Description

The KITU project provides and develops mental health services for asylum seeker children and young people who have been victims of torture and who, as a result, are severely traumatised. After identifying the children and young people in need of treatment, the team develops specialised psychiatric treatment services.

The project also extends its services to children with secondary trauma, who have been affected by the experiences of their parents.

Benefits and results

The project has been successful, offering effective psychiatric treatment and therapy to the target group. Training and the necessary training material have been provided for social workers and other staff working on the project, giving them useful knowledge about the situation and needs of asylum seeker children and young people who have been victims of torture – as well as the treatments available to them.

Prior to this project, there was no such service available specifically for this target group in Finland. A network of professionals has now been created with the aim of establishing and developing effective access to treatment for asylum seeker children and young people who have been victims of torture.

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