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Ukrainian students collaborating with students from School of Social Work

Lisa Pryshchepa and Anastasiia Melnyk.
Lisa Pryshchepa and Anastasiia Melnyk.

Anastasiia Melnyk and Lisa Pryshchepa, Bachelor students at Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University in Ukraine, was working in a project with students from School of Social Work, Campus Helsingborg. The outcome they hope will be beneficial to both countries.

It was Senior Lecturer Lars Harrysson at School of Social Work that together with Dean Oksana Chernysh of Pedagogical Technologies and Lifelong Learning Faculty, Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University in Ukraine, came up with the idea of their students working together in a project. 

Anastasiia Melnyk and Lisa Pryshchepa did interviews in Ukraine, to help the two Swedish students with their bachelor thesis about social work with refugee children with war trauma.

- This topic is not our main topic, but it is an interesting area. It was a new experience, we had to read a lot and we learned a lot, says Anastasiia.

They weren't able to visit Helsingborg, instead they had regular meetings with the Swedish students and their Ukrainian and Swedish supervisors on Zoom.

- The Corona made us all used to Zoom, so it was never a problem, and the meetings were inspiring. It's always nice to meet new people and work together, Lisa says.

Examination in each country

Anastasiia wrote an article titled "Providing social services for traumatized children during the war: Experience of Ukraine and Sweden" and Lisas article is on "Institutional provision of child welfare in Ukraine and Sweden: Challenges of war and provision of child support services". They will both be published in Ukrainian Research Journals. For the Swedish students, the outcome of the project was their bachelor thesis. They will all be examined in their home countries.

- Lars (Harrysson) and the students were very open to us. It was great to work with them and we had a good connection. They helped us into the topic, and we also had a cultural exchange, Lisa says and adds: Thank you!

Institutional provision of child welfare in Ukraine and Sweden: Challenges of war and provision of child support services

Written by

Pryshchepa Ye. V., Bachelor’s student
Zhalinska I. V., Ph.D. in Economics and Associate professor
Chernysh O. A., Associate Professor, Pedagogical Technologies and Lifelong Learning Faculty Dean, Zhytomyr Polytechnic State University


This article examines the impact of the crisis caused by the armed conflict in Ukraine on the need for social services for children and the work and development of institutions for children in Ukraine and Sweden. The state's role in ensuring children's well-being through laws, regulations, and international conventions is analyzed. The challenges related to the temporary need for special care for children, the placement of refugee children, and the growing risks for children in the conflict zone are considered. Sweden's role in supporting Ukrainian refugees and its experience in ensuring the well-being of children are outlined.

To be published in: Вісник НТУУ "КПІ". Соціологія (not published yet)

Providing social services for traumatized children during the war: Experience of Ukraine and Sweden

Written by

Anastasiia Melnyk
Iryna Zhalinska
Oksana Chernysh


This article has examined the experience and approaches of social services in Ukraine and Sweden in providing support to traumatized children during times of war. The study has investigated the identification, treatment, and prevention phases of working with traumatized children and compared the practices of social workers in contrasted countries. The study is a collaborative effort between Sweden and Ukraine, investigating the support provided to war-traumatized children by social services.  The research is based on inductive approach. The interviews conducted with social workers, psychologists, school counselors, and representatives of relevant organizations are at the core of this paper. The experts` opinions on the topic mentioned have been reviewed. Moreover, the similarities and differences in providing social support in compared countries have been highlighted. The urgency of addressing the mental health of children and the importance of collaboration between authorities to provide effective support and treatment are mentioned.

To be published in: Наукові записки НаУКМА. Соціологія (not published yet)