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Support for Families Affected by the War in Ukraine

Resource to support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine

Full Credit Given to the Childhood Bereavement Network and National Bereavement Alliance for the following information.

The most up-to-date information from the Childhood Bereavement Network can be found on their website.

The devastating events in Ukraine are painful and disturbing. The UK is preparing to welcome children and families fleeing their homes, many of whom will have been bereaved in traumatic circumstances, and bereavement services will have an important role to play in supporting them in the weeks and months to come. News coverage and discussion of the war can spark empathy and fear in the wider community of children and young people, and may reawaken their own griefs. Parents and services will be looking for ways to reassure them.

This briefing signposts to sources of support for groups in different circumstances.

Support for Ukrainian parents on supporting their children

Advice, films and tips from Child Bereavement UK Ресурси українською мовою | Child Bereavement UK

Red Cross suggestions about talking to children about war (Ukrainian – pdf download) ЯК ГОВОРИТИ З ДІТЬМИ ПРО ВІЙНУ? 

Guidance from the Global Parenting Initiative (Ukrainian, Russian and English) 

Caring for children through conflict and displacement from the UNODC and the University of Manchester (Ukrainian, Russian and English) Prevention through Family Skills

For young people affected by the news

BBC Bitesize 5 ways you can manage your feelings about the conflict in Ukraine - BBC Bitesize 

For organisations supporting children bereaved by the war

Children and War Foundation

Support for schools welcoming refugee children and young people

Mentally Healthy Schools Refugee and asylum seeker children : Mentally Healthy Schools

Information for organisations and people about how to support Ukraine

Suggestions from the Refugee Council Support and information for people affected by the crisis in Ukraine - Refugee Council 

NCVO blog How charities and civil society can support Ukraine | NCVO