Resources and support

Information and resources for supporting children and young people

The Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) acknowledge that many schools across NSW have been impacted by the bushfires and drought. ACYP have collated some information on the services available for children and young people during this time.

Click here to download the A4 poster / hand-out.


Service NSW

Information for emergency contacts, services, support and resources is available through the Services NSW website.

https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/bushfire-customer-care-service

ASK Izzy

Information for people affected by the current bushfires as well as the locations of nearby bushfire emergency relief centres is available through the Ask Izzy website.

http://askizzy.org.au


Further resources

Lifeline

13 HELP (13 43 57)

Kidshelpline

1800 551800


RFS

Bushfire Alert FACT sheet

https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/3113/Bush-Fire-Alerts-Factsheet.pdf

Emerging minds

Education resource pack for teachers

https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/educators-resource-pack-supporting-children-after-bushfires/

Queensland Government

Child friendly picture story books

Available in variety of languages

https://www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/chq/our-services/mental-health-services/qcpimh/natural-disaster-resources/storybooks/?fbclid=IwAR2Vf_6ZRZ1vA_aA-TvQjYvvb-kIOsqe1Wg83hjKLLFwdoSlM0A08c0jCJo

R U OK?

List of contacts and supports

https://www.ruok.org.au/supporting-others-through-the-bushfire-crisis

 

Emerging minds

Podcast

https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/podcast/communities-in-the-immediate-aftermath-of-a-trauma/

Emerging minds

Podcast

 https://emergingminds.com.au/resources/podcast/re-release-disaster-preparedness-myths-and-programs-that-hold-promise/

Early Connections

Bushfire Social Story for Kids with Autism

https://www.earlyconnections.org.au/social-story-bush-fire/

ANU’s Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss, & Grief Network

Teacher toolkit based on learnings from the 2009 Victoria Fires

https://earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/files/ACATLGN_Roberts_Schools_bushfire_toolkit_0.pdf

Health NSW

Bushfire smoke information

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/environment/air/Pages/bushfire-smoke.aspx

Health NSW

Managing your mental health during and after a bushfire

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/resources/Pages/bushfire-mental-health-support.aspx

Beyond Blue

Fact Sheet for adults to support children and young people

How to support children following a natural disaster

Lifeline

Toolkit resource

Helping your children cope after a natural disaster

Better Health

Information to help support children during traumatic events

How to support children during traumatic events

Red Cross

Resource book to support children and young people

After the emergency, a book to help kids cope with emergencies

Reach Out

Information and Advice for young people

How to deal with the stress of bushfires, floods, earthquakes and cyclones

Beyond Blue

Information to adults on how to talk about news events

How to talk to children about news events

Reach Out

Information and Advice for young people

How to cope with anxiety about climate change

Unicef

Information on how to talk to children and young people

https://www.unicef.org.au/blog/news-and-insights/january-2020/how-to-talk-to-your-children-about-australia-s-bushfires

 

Red Cross

Links to community support. First Aid and mental health

https://www.redcross.org.au/

Headspace

Information guide for young people

https://education.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/main-education/public-schools/media/headspace-mental-health-March-2019.pdf

 

Reach Out

Tips to manage wellbeing

https://au.reachout.com/articles/5-ways-to-manage-your-wellbeing-during-the-bushfires

 

Reach Out

Online forum to ask question and seek supports

https://forums.au.reachout.com/t5/Something-s-not-right/Bushfires-How-to-cope/td-p/376391

 

Health Direct

General information regarding Bush Fires. Pre and post disaster

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/natural-disasters

NSW Department of Human Services

Bushfire assistance information

https://www.humanservices.gov.au/individuals/subjects/nsw-bushfires-september-2019

NSW Department of Education

Back to school resources

www.education.nsw.gov.au/back-to-school

NSW Department of Education

Advice to assist parents, teachers, and students following recent fires

https://education.nsw.gov.au/public-schools/school-safety/advice-to-assist-parents-teachers-and-students-following-recent-fires


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