In order to include social and emotional (psychosocial) support in all child-care programmes, REPSSI builds the capacity of partners. REPSSI partners are often non-profit organizations who work directly with children, and we also work closely with government departments.
We employ a “Partnerships Development Strategy” to aid this process of mainstreaming psychosocial support:
- Selection of the partner, and an assessment of their psychosocial capacity, and the building of partner capacity development plans;
- Training and assistance to partners to ensure their competency to drive and deliver psychosocial support within their organization;
- Partner implements capacity development interventions at their various selected partners;
- Re-assessment of the partner, to determine the levels of change from the initial assessment that carried out at the inception of the partnership.
Sample partner profile: Child Fund Zambia
Child Fund Zambia is an international NGO operating in six districts in Zambia. They provide direct support to children, in the form of food, clothes, shelter and education, and also provide support to the wider community through income generation and water and sanitation projects.
REPSSI has been partnering with Child Fund Zambia since 2005, and has trained them in psychosocial support and relevant tools. Child Fund Zamia now applies psychosocial process, such as memory work, child participation, community debates, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and community clubs. Children and community members use psychosocial tools such as Tree of Life, Hero Book, Bodymapping and Journey of Life.
We are in the process of developing an integrated forum for our partners.
In the meantime, you can visit the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support network which facilitates dialogue and collaboration on psychosocial issues.