Traumatised children worldwide to be helped by major project

Professor Panos Vostanis from the Greenwood Institute of Child Health based at the University's School of Psychology will be embarking on a global mission to help child victims of trauma in low income countries around the world.

Starting in Mumbai, where Professor Vostanis will be visiting between 22-28 January, he will be training practitioners and volunteer workers of two large charities – the Dr Leo Barnes Foundation and the Ramakrishna Mission - and will be visiting communities affected by trauma.

Some of these visits will include shelter houses for children up to the age of 18, slum areas where children affected by drug abuse live, villages exposed to tuberculosis and leprosy and orphanages for children who have been abandoned or have lost their parents.

His travels will then take him to Kocaeli in Turkey, with Professor Nisha Dogra from the University of Leicester School of Psychology, followed by Nakuru, Kenya, to provide training and psychosocial support to victims of ethnic conflict.

Regular updates on the progress of the training and Professor Vostanis’s experiences during the project will be regularly communicated through twitter at: @pv11Panos