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Keep parents, carers, staff and students informed

Regular and relevant communication with families, staff and students still matters. The reasons are as important in the long term as the short term.

You can offer advice about:

  • anniversaries about the deceased student
  • media coverage
  • any other forms of potential stress.

This will continue to help protect the wellbeing of your school community. It reinforces a consistent and supportive approach from your school’s emergency response team.

Do not hide stressful news

Hiding possible stressful events from people is not protective. This:

  • makes them more vulnerable
  • increases their risk of harm.

The desire to find the positive

People’s desire to see something positive emerge from a student’s traumatic death can be very strong.

The work of a critical incident review can help.

Your results and recommendations can give the community a sense of moving forward.