Mar 3, 2022
On the 2nd March, CDEC's director Laura Goad spoke to BBC Look North on how to support children who are anxious about the news that is coming out of Ukraine.
War in Europe is a worrying topic for all, especially for children and young people and while there are many global conflicts at present (Syria and Yemen, to name but 2), the reporting on and conversations about the war in Ukraine is all around us.
Some of the children and young people in our school communities will be connected to Eastern Europe; through their own heritage and in the fact they have family still living in the region. The recent event will be triggering for them and their families. We also have pupils and their families with recent lived experiences of war- and seeking refuge. The whole school community continues to deal with the stress and anxiety of Covid and climate change.
That’s why it’s so important to be proactive in the classroom and to stimulate productive conversations that help to ease the uncertainties this situation may create. We need to address wellbeing needs by creating spaces for listening to fears and anxieties.
A reminder that we have a wealth of resources to help you support your children or learners. You can find all resources here. Keep your eyes peeled for some more training on how to support children through these difficult times.