Terrorism is not easy for anyone to comprehend or accept and, understandably many children will feel confused, upset and anxious this week. Following the tragic events in Manchester this Monday we want to share, with parents and students, information regarding the attacks and how Calderdale, and we as a school, will be supporting our students and families during this difficult time. Our hearts go out to any families that have been affected by the loss of a loved one.
On Thursday 25th May, all students took part in the minutes silence at 11am along with the entire nation to pay tribute to the victims and all those affected by the terrorist attack in Manchester. Students have been offered the opportunity to discuss any concerns that they may have regarding the terror attacks and to ask questions during form time, and to speak to staff members if they feel anxious or upset.
Please find below a statement from Calderdale Council:
Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with everyone affected by the horrendous incident in Manchester on Monday 22 May.
In response to the incident, the Prime Minister has raised the UK’s terror threat level to critical, which means that a further attack may be imminent.
Due to this threat level, across the country people may see additional armed response police officers and armed military personnel. This is a precaution to keep the public safe.
Don’t be alarmed if you see them here in Calderdale – this is a national response as part of a pre-arranged plan and there is no intelligence to suggest that there is a specific threat to us here. There may also be increased police presence at events that would not usually require this – again, this is precautionary only. Please report any suspicious activity to the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789321.
We have robust partnership arrangements in place and continue to work with partner organisations in the Calderdale Community Safety Partnership to keep people safe and provide community reassurance. For example, we are supporting schools and our neighbourhood coordinators are out in the community offering reassurance and are ready to discuss any local concerns.
Also, an important message from the PREVENT team:
Support for Victims.
The Foundation for Peace in Warrington runs a Survivors Assistance Network which has been operating for a number of years. They work with people who have been directly affected by terrorism both in the UK and abroad:
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com Tel: 01925 581240
Young People can contact the NSPCC 24/7 helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com.
If you need any advice on issues of radicalisation and young people:
Advice for Parents.
A number of parents have contacted the PREVENT team asking for advice around how to discuss these issues with young people. Our advice is that you know your child/family member best, and you will know when the situation requires additional specialist advice (i.e. counselling in school or visiting the GP). There are a number of local services which you will be aware of and which we would encourage you to consider. The advice given below is not intended to replace any medical advice or assistance.
The links below discuss how to open up the conversation about terrorism and terrorist incidents and some general guidance around this.
Please access the newsround page for advice if you or your children are struggling to cope with the terrible events of Monday evening.