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MHPSS for Victims of THB

In this segment, we focus on the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) approaches dedicated to addressing the needs of all victims of trafficking in human beings (THB) who seek refuge in shelters (support facilities) and enhancing their access to essential services. The documents presented here are focused on child victims, clinical and organisational approaches, designed to guarantee that THB survivors receive comprehensive care, trauma-informed support, and initiatives that empower them. The overarching goal is to establish shelters as safe and supportive environments that facilitate the healing and recovery process for THB victims.

Child survivors of human trafficking experience profound psychological impacts, including symptoms like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance abuse. Their developmental disturbances worsen the situation as their brain structure, function, and stress responses may be severely affected. However, specialised treatments for these children are lacking, and existing interventions for child trauma are not adequately evaluated for this group. Thus, tailored support is crucial.

A clinical approach is essential, involving mental health professionals who provide specialised care and individualised interventions to help survivors regain control. Assessing survivors’ psychological state through interviews and trauma screenings informs personalised treatment plans.

Simultaneously, an organisational approach involving all shelter staff members is vital. Integrating trauma-informed practises into policies and procedures ensures sensitivity to survivors’ traumatic experiences throughout shelter operations. Establishing an organisational culture that recognises trauma’s impact and prioritises safety fosters a supportive environment for these young victims to heal and rebuild their lives.


A Guideline on Minimum Standards for Providing Evidence-based Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) to Human Trafficking Survivors

This publication aims to provide guidelines for evidence-based MHPSS services for human trafficking survivors. It offers detailed guidelines on ideal circumstances and acceptable services needed to provide comprehensive evidence-based support.

An Organisational Approach for Providing Support to Survivors of Human Trafficking in Shelters

The approach described focuses on addressing the needs of human trafficking survivors  and creating a safe and supportive environment within shelters (secure support facilities). It emphasises the importance of organisational culture change and the involvement of non-clinical staff members in providing direct support to human trafficking survivors.

Approach for Providing Support to Children Survivors of Human Trafficking in Shelters

Children and adolescents can be victims of various forms of trafficking, including sexual exploitation, forced marriage, forced labour, slavery, and organ removal. In this document, you can find useful guidelines for treating trauma in children caused by human trafficking.

Clinical Approach for Providing Support to Survivors of Human Trafficking in Shelters

This document is designed specifically for clinical staff, such as psychologists and psychotherapists, who work with survivors of human trafficking and provide specialised support in shelters (secure support facilities).

Preventing and Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings in the Western Balkans Region (PaCT)

Approach: Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Shelters

The MHPSS in-shelter approach aims to support victims of trafficking who are staying in safe public and private accommodation facilities. The approach focuses on enhancing the well-being of these victims by implementing strategies to protect their mental health.

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MHPSS For People on The Move The PaCT project, in collaboration with NGOs, has implemented tailored mental health and psychosocial support approaches for vulnerable populations within migration flows.


MHPSS For Victims Of THB The focus of this segment is on providing comprehensive mental health and psychosocial support to all victims of human trafficking seeking refuge in shelters.


Staff Care & Self Care This segment highlights the significance of prioritizing staff care and self-care strategies for service providers and helpers working with victims of human trafficking and individuals on the move.