Red Barnet - 75 år for børnene

Save the Children Denmark’s 75th Anniversary Conference:
How Do We Secure Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing?

Wednesday, 9 September from 10.00 - 16.00 CET

Watch live stream with English translation


9.00 – 9.50 - Good Morning Coffee and Networking
*Please be present in Børssalen by 9:50

10.00 – 12.00 - Conference Plenary (in Danish)
Convening with government, civil society organizations, donors, young people and community leaders supporting improved MHPSS for children and families in crisis and in celebration of 75 years of Save the Children Denmark.
*This plenary will be hosted by Tine Gøtsche in Danish with simultaneous English translation headsets available

Keynote Speakers include:

  • HRH Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark
  • Mette FrederiksenDenmark'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 first Red Barnet recreational stay 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

12.00 – 13.00 - Lunch
Vegitarian sandwiches/wraps
*Strict regulations regarding COVID-19 and food service will be observed. For individual diet restrictions, please contact us by email

13.00 – 15.30 - MHPSS Deep-Dive Session
*This session will be in English. Session details are below

15.30 – 16.00 - Announce MHPSS commitments
We will announce shared actions and commitments that support improved child and family mental wellbeing.

16.00 – 16.30 - Let’s Have Cake
Celebrating Save the Children Denmark's 75th Anniversary

*All times are CET

We hope you will join and participate in our full day of activities and we are working hard to create a safe and enjoyable conference experience for all. Should you need any special assistance accessing our conference, or if for any reason you can only join us for a portion of the day, we kindly ask you to inform us by email so we can properly accommodate you. 

MHPSS Deep-Dive Session Details:

The aim of the MHPSS Deep-Dive Session is to provide an overview of the field of MHPSS that includes achievements as well as what more needs to be done to secure the wellbeing of children and families that foster understanding and inspire committed actions that address current needs and challenges. The session will broadly cover:

  • MHPSS: Where are we now? What is the state of the field? What have we achieved?
  • What is the future for MHPSS? How can we best meet emerging challenges?

Panelists include:

  • 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
  • Devora Kestel, Director of MHPSS and Substance Use, World Health Organisation (video greeting)

Announcement of MHPSS Actions and Commitments

On August 26th, we hosted a virtual workshop to examine recommendations for child and family MHPSS developed at previous conferences as well as to refine and create concrete actions that governments and civil society can take in the future.  These practical MHPSS actions will be made available on September 7th.  

We are calling you to join us in making a MHPSS commitment, based on these recommended actions, that we can publicly announce at our conference. All commitments can be coordinated by emailing Marie Dahl, Head of MHPSS Unit, Save the Children Denmark.

Should you need any special assistance accessing our 75th Anniversary Conference, please contact us by email