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Reassuring children after the Westminster attack

In response to the events in Westminster on Wednesday 22 March, it is possible that children will be upset by the news and social media coverage. Although such events can be difficult to discuss with children, it is important to address any anxieties children may have as a result of what they've heard. The following places may offer some support to parents/carers and children:

 

Winston's Wish

The bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, has written a post, which provides suggested answers to some of the questions being asked by parents/carers and teachers affected by the media coverage of incidents like that in Westminster. You can find the post at:

https://www.winstonswish.org.uk/responding-children-affected-media-coverage-incident-westminster/

The charity has also set up a freephone helpline at 08088 020 021.

 

BBC Newsround

BBC Newsround also offers advice for children if they are upset by the news. The link is:

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

 

The Week Junior

The team at The Week Junior, a current affairs news magazine aimed at children aged eight to 14, has offered the following tips in light of this most recent incident:

  • Reassure children that they are safe and that attacks like these happen rarely. Tell them that security will now be tighter than ever and that the government, police and security services are working hard to keep us safe and prevent further attacks
  • Answer any questions they have about the attacks honestly but avoid going into too much detail. The Newsround website is a good resource for explaining this story in a child-friendly way
  • Remind them that while this news is sad there are many other news stories that are happy – it's just that they're not so likely to be reported
  • Tell them they can always talk to you if they are worried – speaking about their fears will help children to get them into perspective and make them easier to deal with

 

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  • Horsenden Lane North
  • Greenford
  • Middlesex
  • UB6 0PB
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 020 8422 5985
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