Improving the accessibility and effectiveness of psychological and psychiatric care for refugee and migrant children.

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To improve the accessibility and effectiveness of psychiatric care for refugee and migrant children in Belgium, helping them to achieve their dreams. Solentra has developed the PACCT method (Psychiatry assisting a cultural diverse community in creating healing ties), which takes cultural differences into consideration and acquires the help of interpreters.

What does Solentra do?

  • Care in colour (with the support of the Flemish Community Commission): in practice, psychiatric childcare is often inaccessible for refugee families. Thanks to its specific approach, Solentra makes sure that refugee and migrant children can get access to the care that is rightfully theirs. Since November 2011, Solentra has offered its help, free of charge, to Dutch-speaking education and social services in the Brussels-Capital region. Anyone in contact with a refugee or migrant child who has an emotional or behavioural disorder and/or learning difficulties, and who is not already cared for, can come to Solentra for help.

  • Book an Appointment at the Malines (Mechelen) Welcome Centre (with the support of KinderArmoedefonds) : the welcome centre for migration and asylum, working together with the local authorities, answers questions relative to migrants who are arriving or spending time in the town. As a partner, Solentra provides quality psychological assistance for the parents and their children traumatised by their migration. Solentra offers its expertise in all the relevant departments with an approach that takes cultural differences into consideration (social workers, teachers, lawyers, volunteers, etc.). This partnership between Solentra and the welcome centre allows the creation of a social network for refugee children and their parents which caters to their needs.

  • Book an Appointment with Solentra (Brussels): refugee children and their families who are staying in a Fedasil centre (Federal Agency for the reception of asylum seekers), and who are waiting for medicine, can come to Solentra, where they will receive a thorough diagnosis and therapeutic support (psychotherapy and trauma care). Refugees with official status can return, depending on the relevant authorities and their ability to contribute to the costs. This stage is important as psychotherapy is still not refunded, and is not likely to be for this social group.


To guarantee the accessibility of these types of treatment for this particular group, Solentra is trying to ensure that this care is completely free.

How can you help?

Financial support for

  • Trauma therapy for refugee children and their families
  • The supervision and training of a helpline for migrants and refugees
  • Conducting new research on psychological treatment for refugee and migrant children, that takes cultural differences into consideration
  • Expanding the work done by Solentra to other regions (Limbourg, West Flanders)
  • Developing and sharing the most effective practices in the country, e-learning modules
  • Offering free therapy


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