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Impact on Children

Being involved in a major emergency can greatly affect children as well as yourself. As with all traumas, children can react in many different ways and it is important that they are given the support needed to get over a major emergency as best as possible.

It is important to remember that:

  • Children may have reactions very soon after the event, or have a delayed reaction, where they do not show worrisome behaviour until weeks later
  • Keeping a normal household routine should help gain a feeling of normality
  • Reassurance is the key to helping children. Very young children may need a lot of physical contact as well as verbal support
  • You should aim to answer children's questions honestly, but do not dwell on frightening details or allow the subject to dominate family life
  • If necessary, children should be encouraged to express emotions through conversation or drawing

Visit the emergency related Direct gov website for more information on:

  • How to spot the signs of an infant or child being under stress
  • What you can do to deal with the after effects of a major incident

Details of organisations who can provide help and support.

Contact Details

Social Work Services (Care for People Manager)
Dumfries and Galloway Council

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