The development of the British Red Cross' psychosocial framework: 'calmer'

Davidson, Sarah (2010) The development of the British Red Cross' psychosocial framework: 'calmer'. Journal of Social Work Practice, 24 (1). pp. 29-42. ISSN 0265-0533 Full text available

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This paper presents the history, development and approach of the new psychosocial framework which in 2008 was adopted by the British Red Cross, and a piece of research designed to review its fitness for purpose as an educational tool. The framework CALMER is a single, overarching approach for considering and delivering psychosocial services across all of the British Red Cross. It is being included in all relevant training programmes, such as within first aid and psychosocial support and within services in emergency response, event first aid, health and social care, international tracing and message and refugee services and across human resources. The framework includes six prompts which should be followed sequentially, with guidance on facilitative behaviours within each. The research considered the levels of confidence and worry of participants on one day training programmes delivered to three different groups of personnel in three different countries. While finding support for the CALMER framework, further recommendations are made for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychosocial Support, Staff and Volunteer Training, Crisis, Prevention, Trauma
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Organisational Development
Groups & Organisations > Refugees - Psychology
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
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