Ukraine and Russia - Resources for teachers and parents to help support them teach and talk with children about the Invasion of the Ukraine
Whilst the present situation is not related to concerns in the Prevent space, we have had a number of requests for support advice and resources. We want to ensure that all children and young people have a safe space in which they can ask questions, listen, discuss, and express their emotions.
Why this topic matters
War in Europe is a worrying topic for all, especially for children and young people. As teachers, it's helpful to centre the human cost of war by building empathy with the people who this conflict will impact on the ground. For younger learners especially, war can be an important moment to teach about peace, hope, cooperation, and the role we can all play in creating a better future.
The news and social feeds latest information is upsetting and worrying, and some might be false news. Below are some approaches and resources that you might find useful.
Help for teachers and families to talk to children and young people about Russia's invasion of the Ukraine and help them avoid misinformation.
Department for Education – The Education Hub
How to Help Students Talk about the News
Educate Against Hate
Supporting young people and adults with Autism
Climbing the Rainbow – Russia and Ukraine Story
Help for Parents to Talk to children and young people and young people about war and conflict.
Save The Children
What is happening in Ukraine guided lesson packs.
Votes for Schools - Primary Resource
Votes for Schools - Secondary Resource
Activities introducing young people to international humanitarian law. Age 14-19.
The British Red Cross – The Rules of War
A guide, written by Educators for Social Responsibility, helps adults talk to young people about difficult issues in the world.
Family Education – Talking to Children About War and Violence
We should not hide from children what is happening in Ukraine.
Schools Week – Childrens Commissioner
Talking about war and conflict in an age-appropriate way.
Phoenix Education – Worrying About War and Conflict
If children are seeing upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine
Childnet – Supporting Your Child with Upsetting Content
If you are upset by the news, it is important to know that you are not the only one and it is ok to have those feelings.
BBC Newsround – Advice if you are upset by the news
BBC Newsround – How to spot fake news
Sharing feelings and getting support when the world makes us scared, confused and unsafe or like we don’t have any control.
Childline – Worries About the World
Jill Allen | Prevent Education Officer | Kent County Council | Room 1.59, Sessions House, Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Internal: 413565 | External: 03000 413565 | Mobile: 07816 365770