Red Barnet's 75th Anniversary Conference:          How Do We Secure Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing?

Red Barnet - 75 år for børnene

Wednesday, 9 September from 10.00 - 16.00 CET

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For 75 years, Save the Children Denmark (Red Barnet) has helped children affected by war and conflict—all over the world, every day, every hour. When these tragedies rage, families may be forced to flee their homes, and children are left more vulnerable than before. Among these vulnerabilities are threats to a child’s mental health and wellbeing.

Today there are more children and families displaced by war and conflict than after World War II, and simultaneously, the corona pandemic has further increased the risk of psychological distress for children and worsened conditions for children's saftey and wellbeing globally. The need for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) for children has never been greater.

If children are not given the right help, serious consequences can develop that reach far into adulthood. It can harm their education, their families and the communities that would benefit from their positive contributions.

That is why Red Barnet’s 75th Anniversary Conference will focus on mental health and wellbeing for these children and families who are most at risk. Over the years, we have built strong professional expertise in this field. But we need everyone from government to civil society to get involved with us. We need dedicated funds for evidence-based and innovative programs and services that prioritize mental health and wellbeing.

Protecting children and their caregivers’ mental wellbeing during crises is among the biggest challenges of our time, but we must see this as an opportunity. If we work together, we can use this moment to make lasting change for children and build back a better future.

We hope you will join us. 

Please read our Statement regarding COVID-19  

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Date: 9 September 2020

Location: Børssalen, Børsen – Copenhagen, Denmark (click here to see on map)

RSVP: 28 August 2020

Time: 9 – 16.30 CET

Agenda for the day

Networking and Coffee

Conference Plenary  - Convening with Government, Civil Society Leaders and Community Members

     Special speakers include:

  • HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • Mette Frederiksen, Denmark's Prime Minister
  • Rasmus Prehn, Denmark's Minister for Development Cooperation 
  • Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management, European Commission (video greeting)
  • Johanne Schmidt-Nielsen, Secretary General, Save the Children Denmark
  • Joseph Vos, Concentration Camp Survivor: On one of the first Red Barnet transports to Denmark after WWII (1945)
  • Stine Borring Alkert, Save the Children Youth, Chairperson
  • Anne-Sophie Dybdal, Senior Child Protection Advisor, Save the Children Denmark
  • Leslie Snider, Director, MHPSS Collaborative
  • Tine Gøtzsche, Host


Group Sessions: MHPSS—Where have we been? Where are we now? Building a better future together

  • Ambassador Paul Bekkers, Special Envoy for MHPSS in crisis situations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Development Co-operation of the Netherlands
  • Anne-Sophie Dybdal, Senior Child Protection Advisor, Save the Children Denmark
  • David Karorero, Founder, Barundian Youth for a Brighter Future
  • Leslie Snider, Director, MHPSS Collaborative
  • Marie Dahl, Head of MHPSS, Save the Children Denmark
  • Michael Corlin, Senior Advisor, Education Cannot Wait (ECW)
  • Nana Wiedemann, Director, IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre 
  • Sarah Harrison, Technical MHPSS Advisor, IFRC Psychosocial Reference Centre - Co Chair, IASC MHPSS Reference Group
  • Wietse A. Tol , Professor, Department of Public Health, Copenhagen University
  • Dan Chisholm, Program manager for mental sundhed, verdenssundhedsorganisationen WHO's regionale kontor for Europa
  • Devora Kestel, Director of MHPSS and Substance Use, World Health Organisation (video greeting)

Announce MHPSS Commitments and Recomendations

Let’s Have Cake - Celebrating Red Barnet’s 75th Anniversary

The Conference will be in Danish and in English. Danish/English translation will be available.

See agenda