EPC's Occasional Paper 20


EPC's Occasional Paper 20 "When Angels Fall from the Sky: Helping Children and Young People Cope in the Aftermath of a Disaster" by Helen Baxter is available to download here



It is estimated that children represent nearly two thirds of people who suffer the effects of disaster world-wide. These figures do not include man-made catastrophe, war or terrorism and have the potential to cause severe disruption for up to 225 million children and young people during 2017, many of whom are likely to need practical and emotional support to aid recovery.

Using empirical research, When Angels Fall from the Sky considers factors linked to post traumatic stress in children and young people, including the effects of adult responses to disaster, gender, socio-economic background and cumulative vulnerability as indicators to a PTSD or acute stress disorder diagnosis.

This paper is the latest in the series of EPC occasional papers and provides a series of recommendations and support tools to help responders and caregivers identify emergent issues and support interventions for children and young people who have not experienced ‘natural recovery’ in the aftermath of a traumatic event.