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.
Chapter breakdown Part 1 Introduction 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 Part 2 Activity sheets providing students with the opportunity to consider various traumatic events including: Loss Divorce / separation Death Relationship split Loss of limb Car accident Loss of sight / acid attack Mugging Shooting Burglary Refugee War Bombs Earthquakes Flooding Tsunami Knife attack Overdose Future focus Dos and Don'ts Part 3 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 Classroom counselling Possible indicators of post traumatic stress in children Information sheet for children and young people Phases of grief Definition of trauma Flood planning Useful books, resources, agencies and references