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

Meet our National Member Societies

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ESCAP Maastricht Congress 2022

A huge thanks to everyone who helped with the organising, presented, and attended. After more than two years of struggles we were so happy to host over 900 people at this first face to face meeting since 2019. 

  • We've been documenting what went on in Maastricht. Check out our gallery for each day activities
  • FINAL PROGRAMME is still available online
  • Research Academy was an extremely productive and collaborative affair that focused on "New perspectives for research and clinical practice in eating disorders", a huge thank you to Paul Klauser, Alexis Revet and Johannes Hebebrand for planning and hosting this event
  • The General Assembly had a rich participation of national society members and much was discussed. Most importantly, the 2027 Congress will take place in Athens, Greece. 

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:

  • Huge congratulations to the local Dutch committee and everyone who organised the ESCAP 19th International Congress, which will take place 19-21 June 2022. View our Gallery
  • 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.
  • The General Assembly took place in Maastricht on Tuesday 21st June. A wonderful collaboration with numerous national society member countries. 
  • 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.
  • 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 May issue

Child and adolescent psychiatry meets its challenges

In her editorial, Franziska Degenhardt highlights two major ongoing challenges that the child and adolescent psychiatry community are continually trying to tackle in the field; the need for “a substantial expansion of the qualified workforce” in CAP and “expanding research on the etiology of psychiatric disorders”. She speaks of the huge endeavor the Spanish Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have taken to finally get CAP recognized as a specific training curriculum. And the multifactorial aspects of psychiatric disorders both in terms of genetics and non-genetic factors and the need for more specific large scale research programs to understand the etiology of these disorders. Read her editorial.

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Latest news

ESCAP participates in DEAPS VI Congress in Belgrade, Serbia

MENTAL HEALTH OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH: New Realities, Experiences and Knowledge

At ESCAP we love to participate in the local congresses that our National Member countries organise. ESCAP president Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, ECAP editor in chief Johannes Hebebrand, ESCAP 2022 congress president Manon Hillegers, joined ESCAP board member Milica Pejovic-Milovancevic in Belgrade on the 26-28th May to take part in the Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions of Serbia DEAPS VI congress. They held a special ESCAP symposium to discuss the impact of COVID19 on mental health of youth in Europe. Professor Hebebrand held a plenary lecture on "Pronounced clinical improvement in patients with anorexia nervosa upon treatment with human recombinant leptin". In general, the 3-day congress had a packed programme with great opportunities for attendees to discuss key issues in child and adolescent psychiatry in Europe.

We are more than happy to have ESCAP representatives at your local congresses, get in touch with us on to discuss further.

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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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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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