Post Manchester Terror Incident - advice for teachers and parents
At present there is no official PREVENT messaging from national policing regarding the incident in Manchester. However, we are aware that as many of the victims were children, some schools, parents and youngsters will be worried about their safety. We also acknowledge that some teachers may not find the subject an easy one to talk about.
For further information on how to speak to children following a terrorist attack and for useful links please visit the GSCB Website.
Children and young people sometimes witness, are involved or aware of events that they can find frightening and scary. As, with adults, they will try to understand what has happened and may well ask questions or want to know what is going on.
As such it important to find out what they know and correct any misconceptions. Children hear lots of information from different sources and may misunderstand or misinterpret what they are hearing. As such, using age appropriate language, help them to develop a narrative of what has happened by explaining they situation and answer questions as honestly as possible without causing distress.
When talking with children it is important to consider their language skills and potential level of understanding.
Feelings are important and normal – allow them to be upset, reassure them that what they are feeling is perfectly normal and provide them with lots of reassurance, attention and comfort.
Shield very young children from disturbing images on television.
Routines are helpful and important – re-establish basic routines but allow some temporary relaxations of expectations (making it clear they are temporary). Encourage pupils to carry on normal sporting and social activities.
Look for positives – rather than focus on the negatives of a situation look/highlight the strengths and positive qualities that were shown as a result of the incident; kindness of strangers, those who rushed to help at the incident.
Please find attached the following leaflets:
If you have any questions please contact:
Jane Bee, Safeguarding Children Manager (education) and Senior LADO, email@example.com 01452 426994
Dr Deborah Shepherd, Principal Educational Psychologist and Head of advisory Teaching Service, Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org 01452 583649
In the event of a school requiring urgent out of hours assistance, the first point of contact should be the Duty Schools Emergency Response Team Officer 01452427171