Easy-to-understand evidence-based information in Turkish and Arabic has been produced by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention’s Parenting for Lifelong Health team to support children and families affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
The Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) team, led by Professor Lucie Cluver, Dr Jamie Lachman and Dr Isang Awah, have worked with the WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and UNODC to create rapidly-shareable social media assets and resources providing invaluable tips for parents and caregivers in Turkey and Syria. The advice comes under 15 headings, giving clear information and recommendations to people facing the crisis.
Based on years of evidence-based research, advice from the team has previously been used in Ukraine, and was used globally during the pandemic, when it was downloaded some 210 million times. It is open source and for anyone caring for a child – including children in residential care.
Professor Lucie Cluver says, ‘The power of social media can be amazing. Families in Syria and Turkey deserve the best evidence-based support. Please share these resources with anyone who could use them.’
Dr Isang Awah maintains, ’It has been heart-breaking to read about the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. We are committed to supporting families affected by this crisis, and would be grateful for your support in getting these resources to families that could benefit from them.’
Jason Chau adds, ‘We are looking to partner with local and international organisations to support families in Turkey and Syria affected by this devastating earthquake with our evidence-based parenting resources. Please help us share them with the parents and children in the region in this hour of need.’
Güzin Yener says, 'There isn't a single person in Türkiye who doesn't know someone who is affected. I have been involved with different psycho-social trauma intervention action networks since we received the devastating news. Translating these parenting sources into Turkish and sharing them on social media enabled me to reach out to many people who appreciate the support and start a dialogue - please help us to share these sources with more people.'
Download tips for Turkey (Turkish and English)
Download tips for Syria (Arabic and English)
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Read more about the work of the PLH team in Parental and Maternal Mental Health and Mental Health and the world around us, an in-depth look at brain and mental health research at the University of Oxford.