Children and adolescents on their wellbeing in the face of the war in Ukraine

"It is cool here, no doubt about it… but home is home."

This report explores the subjective wellbeing of children and adolescents living in Poland in the face of the war in Ukraine.

Cover of the report: "It is cool here, no doubt about it... but home is home." - Exploring the subjective wellbeing of children and adolescents living in Poland in the face of the war in Ukraine

This report presents the results of consultations with children from Ukraine and their Polish peers conducted by 3 organisations working to protect children in Poland – UNICEF Refugee Response Office in Poland, Save the Children Poland and Plan International Poland.

According to the UNHCR, since the start of the full scale war in Ukraine in February 2022, more than 1.7 million people coming from Ukraine have registered for temporary protection in Poland. Of these, 41% are children.

The goal of the study was to obtain a better understanding of challenges faced by the refugee children and their peers from host communities and to identify opportunities to enhance their wellbeing.

Over 100 children share their experiences

The report captures experiences and views of more than 100 children currently living in Warsaw, Wrocław and Kraków. The children, following the photovoice methodology, were given instant cameras to capture positive and negative aspects of their daily lives. The photos were later presented and discussed as a part of 17 focus group discussions. 

The consultations highlighted 3 interconnected themes:

  • Children’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing
  • Their education
  • Integration of Ukrainian children into Polish society

The report provides concrete recommendations for national and local authorities in Poland, United Nations agencies, NGOs and civil society organisations in all 3 thematic areas.

“I would like to thank the children who contributed to this report for sharing with us their important messages. It is our responsibility as international organisations, government authorities and civil society to take into account the voice of the children refugees in Poland.”

Sue Ellen Stefanini, Plan International Poland’s Head of Mission.

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