Child Humanitarian Interventions Learning & Development

C.H.I.L.D. is a non-profit organisation created to help support children throughout the world with EMDR. It was set up by Susan M. Darker-Smith following the Manchester Arena Bombing and in response to the desperate need for child refugees to receive the support and interventions they required in order to recover from trauma.

C.H.I.L.D. offers CPD events within the UK to help clinicians remain confident and skilled in using EMDR with their clients and all profits from these events goes directly into

  • helping children recover from trauma

  • developing EMDR with children in under-resourced areas

  • research projects into EMDR and Children to help grow and build the evidence base of EMDR with children in the UK and further afield.

C.H.I.L.D. is supported by the Child Trauma Therapy Centre and pro-bono or donation-based psychological therapy is offered through C.H.I.L.D. where:

  • the child’s difficulties are best understood as being caused by psychological distress

  • the NHS would be unable to meet the child’s needs within a reasonable time-scale and there is no other identifiable agency who can provide therapy

  • the child resides within 20 miles of a Child Trauma Therapy Centre (or affiliated centre) and the family are able to travel to the centre