Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles
Journey of Hope
Journey of Hope
Middle childhood (6-12 years)
Healthy Young Families
Save the Children
Teaches children social and emotional skill building to promote self-efficacy, problem solving and positive coping so they may have the capacity to overcome current and future trauma.
Children aged 4 – 18 years old who have experienced a traumatic event.
Teachers, social workers, youth workers.
Journey of Hope is delivered to small groups of up to ten children either once a week over eight weeks or twice a week over four weeks. Program sessions are designed to help children:
There are four program variants:
Different engagement and learning techniques are used depending on the age of participants.
Two facilitators deliver the program. Facilitators must be qualified with either a bachelor degree in social work, youth work or education and have experience in working with vulnerable children.
A detailed facilitator manual and workbooks with structured session plans are available.
$6000 (includes training, manuals, resource kit, fidelity checks and evaluation tools).
|Evaluation and effectiveness|
Several evaluations of the program have been conducted including two quasi- experimental studies (Powell & Bui, 2016; Powell & Thompson, 2016).
Powell and Bui (2016) collected data from 116 program participants aged between 11 and 15 years old. Pre-post outcomes were measured using validated tools showing that children in the intervention (n=61) improved their prosocial skills, and communication and tension management compared to the control group (n=49).
In similar findings, Powell & Thompson’s evaluation (2016) examined the outcomes of 102 children aged between 8 and 12 years old and found that children in the intervention (n=48) improved more on teacher report prosocial scales and coping skill measures compared to the control group (n=54).
Powell, T. M., & Bui, T. (2016). Supporting social and emotional skills after a disaster: Findings from a mixed methods study. School Mental Health: A Multidisciplinary Research and Practice Journal, 8(1), 106–119.
Powell, T. M., & Thompson, S.J. (2016). Enhancing Coping and Supporting Protective Factors After a Disaster: Findings From a Quasi-Experimental Study. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(5), 1-11.