Evacuation of children from areas of active hostilities to safer regions is currently underway. Most of them have been without healthy sleep and food for a long time. It is not surprising that it is difficult for children to adapt to normal conditions. That is why volunteers and representatives of the receiving party should learn to establish trusting contacts with them.
Here are the main tips from Unicef experts on how not to violate the boundaries of a child who has experienced stress:
Get down to her level physically
Introduce yourself and tell how you are related to her
Ask how you can contact her
Explain how long you will be with her
Ask how she feels and what she needs right now
Show the room in which she will be
Tell us about the rules of stay
Describe the area in which she found herself.
It is very important: let the child understand that now you are his reliable support, ready to listen and take care of him.
And also – don’t ask the child about the fighting that he might have seen or about the loved ones who remained. The child will tell about it when he is ready.