Manuals, Toolkits and Guidance

Communicating with Children: Helping children in distress

small calendar icon

Publication year:


small globe icon


small file information icon


pdf (2.7 MiB)

small number of pages icon


Save the Children UK

In times of war, disaster and emergency, children become lost or abandoned, experience deprivation and ill-treatment, and witness violence. Beyond protection, food, healthcare, and a home, children need emotional and psychological support.

Communicating with Children aims to help those working with children in conflict and emergencies to:

– develop their helping skills–in particular, skills in listening and communicating;

– be confident in their ability to gain children’s trust and help them cope with the painful emotions and difficult behavior they may show when under stress;

– identify children who need extra help;

The manual covers the practical problems that arise when talking with children: building trust, how to comfort a child in distress, and how to give practical and emotional support. 

SubscribeSubscribe and receive reading selections

LibrarySave all your favorite materials for future use

UploadUpload research & contribute to the collection

By browsing the Resource Centre you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Read our cookie policy.