Manchester’s Children Caught in Terror Tragedy

Manchester is grieving following the horrific terrorist attack carried out at the MEN arena. Many of those affected are teenagers and children. The youngest of those killed in the blast was an 8 year old girl. Currently, 12 children under the age of 16 are being treated at various hospitals around Manchester. As our thoughts go out to those who are suffering, we think about what to do in order to support the young people of Manchester.

The NSPCC offers advice to parents on how to talk to their children about terrorism in the light of tragic events in Manchester.

An NSPCC spokesperson said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the devastating terror attack in Manchester. Our thoughts are with the victims and families of those who have been affected.

Our advice for any child or teenager upset and anxious in light of this news is for them to talk to a trusted adult, be it a parent, teacher or Childline.”

Children and young people can contact Childline for free, confidential support and advice, 24 hours a day on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk

 

The NSPCC has published advice to help parents talk to their children about terrorism:

• Listen carefully to a child’s fears and worries

• Offer reassurance and comfort and avoid complicated and worrying explanations that could leave them more frightened and confused.

• Help them find advice and support to understand distressing events and feelings.

• Children can always contact Childline free and confidentially 24/7

Any adult worried about how a child is coping following a terrorist attack can contact the NSPCC Helpline for 24/7 help, support and advice on 0808 800 5000 or help@nspcc.org.uk

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