Manchester Arena attack: information for children and young People

Published on Tuesday 30 May 2017

Following the tragic incident at the MEN Arena on 22 May, many children and young people and their parents/carers will be shocked and saddened by what took place.  Children and young people in particular may have questions and it can be difficult to know what to say.

There are approaches that support children and young people through this time more effectively which include:

  • Let them know that you understand their feelings.
  • Listen to children, and give them the opportunity to talk if and when they want to.
  • Do not encourage them to relive their experience.  Evidence shows this leads to worse outcomes and is different from allowing people to talk spontaneously about their experience.
  • Be consistent and reassuring.
  • Continue to keep routines and normal daily activities.
  • Keep in touch with school/college about supporting a consistent approach.
  • Keep them from seeing too much of the frightening pictures of the event.

Here are some guidelines on how you can respond to children and young people.  We have included some links for more detailed guidance for children, young people parents/carers and professionals.  Many young people do not go on to develop mental health conditions and recover naturally, however, if symptoms are severe or continue beyond two to four weeks further specialist mental health advice and support can be accessed via your GP or schools/colleges.

 

Advice if you're upset or made anxious by the news:

(Appropriate for children and young people primary school age and upwards)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/13865002

 

(Appropriate for older young people 13-25 years)

 www.themix.org.uk

 

Coping after a traumatic event:

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/copingafteratraumaticevent.aspx

 

Supporting children after a frightening event: for parents/carers/professionals:

http://www.gosh.nhs.uk/medical-information-0/procedures-and-treatments/supporting-children-after-frightening-event

 
https://childbereavementuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/1.4b-Supporting-children-after-a-frightening-event.pdf?noredir=true

 

Talking about terrorism: tips for parents

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-we-do/news-opinion/supporting-children-worried-about-terrorism/

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