Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

Ukraine war: all resources and webinar available

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How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the mental health of children and adolescents?

How is the coronavirus pandemic affecting the mental health of children and adolescents?

COVID-19 mental health resources
European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

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What did we learn at our previous congresses?

What did we learn at our previous congresses?

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Meet our National Member Societies

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ESCAP Maastricht Congress 2022

Keep up to date with what's happening with the preparations for the 19th International Congress of ESCAP in Maastricht 2022. 

  • Registration is now OPEN. For more information on the registration follow the link to on our dedicated website.
  • FINAL PROGRAMME now available online, start your planning.
  • Abstract submission is now closed.
  • Research Academy "New perspectives for research and clinical practice in eating disorders" application for participants now closed.
  • Our keynote speakers are announced and will chat with our editor soon to find out a bit more about what they will be presenting. Stay tuned here for those interviews and check out the congress programme for more information on the speakers.

ESCAP latest news

ESCAP's purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families throughout Europe. To do so, we are constantly working on initiatives based on research, clinical and policy, as well as organising events and educational programs to nurture child and adolescent psychiatry at all levels. Our recent activities:

  • Working with local Dutch committee to organise the ESCAP 19th International Congress, which will take place 19-21 June 2022. More can be found on our dedicated website
  • Preparations are underway with the Danish society to organise the ESCAP 20th International Congress, which will take place on the 29th June - 1st July 2023 in Copenhagen. More information to follow.
  • Preparations for our General Assembly in Maastricht on Tuesday 21st June. We invite all national members to send a representative to attend and vote on ESCAP initiatives.
  • Rapidly responding to the war in Ukraine by launching a positional statement, scoping editorial and a webinar. Find out more. 
  • Partnering for information dissemination with the FAMILY EU Horizon project and participating in other proposals for EU Horizon projects.
  • Approaching the European Commission members to help drive change forward for child and adolescent psychiatry and mental health. We are now on the EU Transparency Register and the EU Health Policy Platforms.
  • Preparing the 2022 Research Academy in Maastricht (17-18 June). The theme of which is “New perspectives for research and clinical practice in eating disorders”.
  • Continue our partnerships with our partner societies, such as the EFPT-CAP, UEMS-CAP, IACAPAP. We hope to form more partnerships in the coming years.
  • Communicating key issues in the ECAP Journal through ESCAP Communications, and Editorials.
  • ESCAP presence at national society meetings. We want to be involved with more of the events our national societies organise, so if you have an event that you want ESCAP to be part of, then let us know. 





Accoring to its status, ESCAP pursues the following aims: 

  • To promote mental health of children and adolescents in Europe
  • To increase quality of life among children and families
  • To ensure children's reight for healthy development and wellbeing

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The goals of ESCAP are:

  • To foster the European knowledge and skills in child psychiatry
  • To facilitate and extent the bonds between European countries in mental health issues
  • To spread the results of research and experiences by publishing reports and organizing scientific conferences an meetings and to collaborate with international organizations with the same or related aims


ESCAP has three devisions:

ECAP Journal


ECAP March issue

Focused issue: Update of the European clinical guidelines for Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders

This focused issue brings together a collection of European clinical guidelines on Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders that cover assessment, psychological interventions, pharmacological treatments, deep brain stimulation and patient perspectives on research and treatment. The editorial by Pieter J. Hoekstra and Veit Roessner stress the importance of using and adhering to these and other guidelines or recommendations in clinical practice but also calls for more experts to create recommendations and guidelines in other fields of child and adolescent psychiatry. They state, “adherence to guidelines is more likely when recommendations are specific and concrete and when few additional resources are required for implementation”, and believe that these updated guidelines on Tourette syndrome meet these requirements.

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Latest news

Impact of war and forced displacement on children’s mental health—multilevel, needs-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches

European Child + Adolescent Psychiatry Journal

"The infliction of war and military aggression upon children must be considered a violation of their basic human rights and can have a persistent impact on their physical and mental health and well-being, with long-term consequences for their development. Given the recent events in Ukraine with millions on the flight, this scoping policy editorial aims to help guide mental health support for young victims of war through an overview of the direct and indirect burden of war on child mental health. We highlight multilevel, need-oriented, and trauma-informed approaches to regaining and sustaining outer and inner security after exposure to the trauma of war."

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ESCAP and the European Commission: Call for action

Mental health and illness of children and the long way back after COVID-19

"In July 2021, ESCAP policy division lead professor Joerg Fegert and president professor Dimitris Anagnostopoulos sent letters to various European Commission departmental members to reiterate the powerful impact COVID-19 is having on our children, adolescents, and their families. These follow on from previous exchanges with EU president Ursula von der Leyen, and ESCAP Policy Statements in April 2020 and March 2021 on the initial and continual impact of COVID-19 on children and adolescents throughout Europe...." 

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Who we are 

The European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (ESCAP) is a not-for-profit association whose purpose is to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children, adolescents and their families. As well as to improve the quality of their lives and to ensure children’s right for support to healthy mental development and for appropriate preventive and therapeutic mental health services and interventions.


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