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Major Incidents

When a major incident such as a terrorist attack or a disaster such as the fire in Grenfell Tower happens, many children and young people are profoundly affected.

Some have been bereaved of their siblings, parents or other loved ones, and many others will have witnessed dreadful events. 

For some children, news coverage will trigger painful memories of bereavement in other circumstances. And many children will have been unsettled and frightened by the news.

Talking to children about the news

  • Winston's Wish has published guidance on talking to children about tragic events
  • Annalisa Barbieri has written a piece in the Guardian about talking to children about distressing events in the news
  • BBC Newsround has advice for young people if they are upset by the news.

Supporting children affected by events

  • Child Bereavement UK has information on talking to and supporting children after a frightening event

Getting more help following bereavement

Many organisations across the country are responding to the needs of bereaved and affected children. To find your local service, search our directory here.

For adults affected, the Cruse Bereavement Care helpline is available on 0808 808 1677.

For those supporting children:

For children and young people themselves

  • Hope Again website from Cruse Bereavement Care

Support for families affected by Terrorist Incidents

  • The Government has published advice on where to seek assistance and support following a terrorist attack

Specific incidents

  • Information for families affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower is available here.
  • The Manchester Resilience Hub has been set up to coordinate care to coordinate the care and support for children, young people and adults whose mental health and/or emotional wellbeing has been affected. The Hub is available to anyone affected, whereever they live.