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Guide for families in trauma

Red Cross has released Helping Children and Young People Cope with Crisis to assist disaster-affected families.
Red Cross has released Helping Children and Young People Cope with Crisis to assist disaster-affected families.

TO coincide with National Families Week, Red Cross is launching a free guide to help families that are dealing with trauma.

The booklet, Helping Children and Young People Cope with Crisis, is for parents whose children have experienced a traumatic event, like the recent floods, fires and cyclones that occurred over summer.

Michael Raper, director of Red Cross Services and International Operations, said most children needed extra support after an emergency.

“Help for kids is best delivered early and by people they trust, like family and friends.”

“Emergencies are a worrying time for parents, but information and understanding can help throughout their child’s recovery, which can take weeks, months or even years, depending on their experiences.”

It was identified after the 2009 Victorian bushfires that there was a lack of readily available material for parents with children affected by crises. Helping Children and Young People Cope with Crisis includes personal stories and suggestions from parents who have experienced emergencies across Australia, as well as tips from leading child trauma psychologists on how to manage and respond to children’s reactions.

“We have learned from past disasters that how parents recover is the strongest indicator of how a child will cope,” trauma psychotherapist Bronwyn Tarrant said. “When parents have information and support, they’re better able to help their kids.”

To download a copy of the guide visit www.redcross.org.au.


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