Critical Needs of Children and Youth: A Questionnaire for Use in Crises and Emergencies

On the morning of Saturday, October 7, 2023, the Hamas terrorist organization launched a surprise attack on the Israeli towns and villages bordering on the Gaza Strip. In this attack, Hamas terrorists and Gazan civilians killed 1,400 Israeli and foreign citizens. They also kidnapped at least 243 individuals, and abused many others physically, sexually, and psychologically. This horrific event marked the beginning of the Israel-Hamas War.

In light of the current situation, the Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute developed a questionnaire of critical needs of children and youth. The indicators included in this questionnaire are based on current knowledge on the effects of emergencies, crises, and unusual situations on children and youth and the purpose of the questionnaire is to highlight the characteristics, needs, and strengths that should be considered in these situations.

That being said, each emergency has unique characteristics which may make it difficult for professionals to provide services and an optimal response. Therefore, a standard tool was developed for systematic collection of detailed information by professionals from diverse fields – education, welfare, health, etc. – who work with children and youth. This information will help the authorities, service organizations and professionals to provide interventions for children, youth and their families.

For MJB’s publications on Israel-Hamas War in English, press here.

For MJB’s publications on Israel-Hamas War in Hebrew, press here.