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Teacher briefings

These short, easy-to-read overviews for teachers cover a range of challenging topics. They give the background, modern relevance and significance to students plus lesson ideas and activities.

Child soldiers in a pick-up truck

Child soldiers

Children play an active part in conflicts across the world, facing injury and death. Explore the emotional, practical and legal consequences.

Two young people have a violent confrontation

Defusing conflict

An awkward confrontation is expected that could involve hurtful words or physical violence. If you can, you would like to cool the tension and reduce the aggression.

Men offloading rice sacks from a truck

Disasters Emergency Committee

During major emergencies the DEC gets active. Who forms this little-known group? What does it do, and why? This briefing explains.

Two women speaking

Emotional support in a crisis

Someone’s upset – crying and distressed. What’s the best thing to do to help? What should you avoid? Discover emotional first aid.

ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Acampo (R) sits in the global war crimes courtroom in the Hague

International Criminal Court

Who administers justice for war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity? Find out more about the role of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

A man carrying a gun reads a booklet about the laws of war

Laws of war

What exactly is a war crime? Who decides what is legal during a conflict? Read this quick summary of the laws of war, or international humanitarian law.

Hands clasped through prison bars

Torture

This briefing for teachers of citizenship sets out the key background to the law and explores the current debates around torture.