Everyone has to deal with the shock, pain and distress caused by traumatic events at different times in their life.
From more personal incidents such as the death of a family member, to more public events such as the 2005 London bombings, these events can be hugely traumatic and painful for everyone concerned and the repercussions can be ongoing and lifelong.
It is important that all schools are prepared to deal with the traumatic events that their students may face and that they develop policies to ensure the right kind of advice and support is in place. The Critical Incident Management Handbook for Schools will seek to support school-based practitioners in developing their own skills of debriefing and crisis management and an understanding of both the short- and long-term effects of loss, grief and trauma.
The resources in this handbook aim to facilitate the safe working of school-based staff both in the area of debriefing young people and in terms of providing structures and protocols for managing critical incidents.
A highly practical resource that is relevant to all schools, The Critical Incident Management Handbook for Schools will provide your school with a comprehensive guide to managing critical incidents as well as training materials for staff.
The Critical Incident Management Handbook for Schools contains three sections designed to:
Support school-based practitioners to develop their own skills of debriefing and crisis management
Help your staff to develop an understanding of both the short- and long-term effects of loss, grief and trauma
Promote resilience and develop the emotional well-being of your students
Identify both personal and external sources of support for students and their families.
Summary of contents
The Critical Incident Management Handbook for Schools will provide school-based staff with timely, practical and user friendly resources to manage traumatic and critical incidents in your school.
Part 1 of the resource presents a series of training sessions in the form of PowerPoint presentations, designed to be delivered in staff meeting sessions.
The activity sheets in Part 2 provide students with the opportunity to consider various traumatic events and encourage them to develop self-help and reflection skills. These activities can be used either individually or in small groups.
Part 3 of the resource aims to provide school-based staff with a series of useful handouts and frameworks for relevant policy documents alongside highlighting a range of useful books, resources, agencies and references.
PowerPoint presentation and staff training resources (1)
The nature of critical incidents
The effect of loss, trauma and crisis
PowerPoint presentation and staff training resources (2)
The grief cycle and supporting the bereaved at an individual and group level
PowerPoint presentation and staff training resources (3)
Using psychological debriefing with students and staff after critical incidents and working with psychological services
PowerPoint presentation and staff training resources (4)
Developing critical incident management plans and the whole-school policy for critical incidents and bereavement
Activity sheets providing students with the opportunity to consider various traumatic events including:
Divorce / separation
Loss of limb
Loss of sight / acid attack
Dos and Don’ts
Additional resources including:
Guidelines for developing a critical incident policy
Example critical incident policy
Leaflet 1: Taking care of your school and yourself
Leaflet 2: Helping a bereaved student
Leaflet 3: The grieving process
Leaflet 4: Handling a traumatic event
Leaflet 5: Understanding your feelings (for older and younger children)
Example bereavement policy
Checklist for dealing with a traumatic incident in school
Managing the media
Defusing and debriefing
Classroom management following a traumatic incident
Possible indicators of post traumatic stress in children
Information sheet for children and young people
Phases of grief
Definition of trauma
Useful books, resources, agencies and references