Supporting Children in times of war
The situation in Ukraine is horrendous. Whilst we are geographically far away from the events, many in our schools and communities will be directly affected and may have families or roots in the region. The news and social media feeds are filled with the latest information, and some of it is very upsetting and worrying; and may not even be verified. Children listening and viewing distressing images can become frightened and fearful.
Here are some background reading resources to help you think about how adults can support children with what they are seeing or feeling. Please read through these links before sharing, to ensure that they are suitable for your community and situation.
Current information regarding Ukraine
Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine (Childnet)
We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine (Schools Week/Children's Commissioner)
How to talk to children about what’s happening in Ukraine and World War Three anxiety (Metro)
Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation (Department for Education)
Information produced previously about war and international violence
How and when to talk to children about war, according to a parenting expert (Independent)
How to cope with traumatic news - an illustrated guide (ABC News, Australia)
Talking with Children About War and Violence in the World (Family Education, US)
Tips for parents and caregivers on media coverage of traumatic events (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, US)
The following link is from First News - it is a free edition of the newspaper which has a detailed understanding of all that is happening in Ukraine but in language that is really easy for the children to understand. First News Explainer - Ukraine What's Going On?
The Key has created a free pack of resources for all schools which includes:
How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine (BBC Bitesize/Anna Freud Centre)
How To Talk To Your Child About The War In Ukraine (YoungMinds)
Worrying about Russia and Ukraine (Childline)
Worrying about war and conflict Sarah Dove (Phoenix Education Consultancy)