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03 March 2022

Russia's invasion of Ukraine is distressing and concerning and many children and young people may be worried about what they are seeing and hearing in the media, including on social media platforms. 

We will continue to update this article with helpful information to support you in exploring these difficult topics and avoid misinformation.

Teaching resources:

Education hub website:.

 Russian Invasion of Ukraine Teacher fact sheet:

  • This resource from The Association for Citizenship Teaching 'gives an overview of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the humanitarian impact. You will find links to the curriculum and useful information around media literacy which will help you support students to follow an unfolding event in the news.'

NewsWise lesson plans:

  • Resources from the Guardian Foundation to help children (9-11) make sense of what they see in the news

Conflict and its consequences:

  • Teaching resources from the Red Cross to help teach about conflict, including in Ukraine (KS 3 & 4)  

How to talk to your child about the situation in Ukraine:

  • Slides from Dr Anne Lane, a clinical psychologist, shared with parents by some Wiltshire schools to help talk about the situation in Ukraine  

Five ways to talk to children about conflict:

  • Save the Children have updated their website to include advice for professionals and families 

How to talk to your teenager about the invasion of Ukraine:

  • Resources developed with the Anna Freud Centre and BBC Bitesize with suggestions for parents and carers. 

Ukraine Crisis:

  • Resources for Youth Workers from the National Youth Agency:

How to support refugee and asylum-seeking children and young people who have experienced trauma

  • For professionals, the UK Trauma Council has a range of information and resources.


Support for emotional wellbeing and mental health:

Schools in Leeds: Please remind students, parents and carers that support for anxiety and mental health can be found on the MindMate website.

Support can also be found on the Young Minds website

Worrying about Russia and Ukraine: Childline have updated their resources on anxiety