8 Ways to Talk to Children

1. Take the lead

The majority of children find it difficult to open up on issues that they have.

2. Start with a message of support

Start by saying something like ‘it’s okay to be nervous’ OR ‘I’m here if you need someone to listen to’.

3. Find out what they know

Ask what they might have seen or what they understand about what has happened.

4. Show support

Show the child that you are there for them whenever they are ready to talk, however long that might take.

5. Tell them it is not their fault

Most children will feel that things are their fault.

6. Explain to them that VIOLENCE is NOT ok

7. Try to stay calm

Children can subconsciously feel your emotions.

8. Do not give them any more burden than they already have

Remember: It is OK to ASK FOR HELP!