Youth work is universal, no matter where in the world, or the circumstances, youth work is transformational. Ukraine is a sovereign free-spirited nation fighting for democracy and the rights of its citizens. Youth work must unite to support our colleagues to support young people in Ukraine as they seek to support in horrific times.
Within this page you will find guides, toolkits and signposts for youth workers and those working with young people in England to help you navigate conversations with young people about the crisis in Ukraine and conflict. We have also created a space for young people, youth workers and those that commission, fund or lead youth work to share your support and solidarity for Ukraine by adding Messages of Support.
Supported by the National Youth Agency (NYA), the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal has set up a central site for youth workers, youth groups and sector organisations to donate funding raised to support humanitarian aid for the people affected by the conflict in Ukraine. Youth projects and young people are invited to raise funds to support the Red Cross’ response in Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
We will continue to update this webpage over the upcoming days and weeks.
Resources for Youth Workers
This digital toolkit is designed to be used with young people aged 11+ to stimulate discussion, thought and reflection around key themes such as identity, belonging, diversity and community.
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|Understanding conflict||British Red Cross Teaching Resource: Rules of War||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Understanding conflict||How to talk to children about war||Save the Children||Access the resource|
|Understanding conflict||Talking to children about war||Barnardo’s||Access the resource|
|Refugees||Refugee Children||Mentally Healthy Schools||Access the resource|
|Refugees||Support for people affected by crisis in Ukraine||Refugee Council||Access the resource|
|UNICEF||Refugee and Migrant Children Europe||UNICEF||Access the resource|
|UNICEF||Children in Ukraine||UNICEF||Access the resource|
|Media Literacy||Media Literacy and Fact Finding||Be Internet Citizens||Access the resource|
|Resilience||Mental Health resources for young people||Boing Boing||Access the resource|
|Building Peace||Peace Resources and Activities||Woodcraft Folk||Access the resource|
|Refugees||Journey with an Unaccompanied Child||Courtesy of Refugee Youth Service||Access the resource|
|Understanding Conflict||Talking to children and young people about war and conflict||Place 2 Be||Access the resource|
|Understanding Conflict||Understanding Conflict Session Plan||Courtesy of Kinetic||Access the resource|
|Resilience||Resilience Toolkit||Mind Tools||Access the resource|
|Understanding Conflict||How to talk about conflict impartially||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Newsthink: Ukraine||A powerful photo resource to explore how crises affect people||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Resilience||Activities and advice to support your wellbeing and build resilience||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Building Peace||Free lesson plans and teaching materials to explore humanitarianism||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Understanding Conflict||Free teaching resources look at the impact of conflict.||British Red Cross||Access the resource|
|Refugee Youth Service||An organisation specialising in supporting unaccompanied children and young people||Refugee Youth Service||Access the resource|
|Refugee Youth||RefugeeYouth exists to combat alienation and despair amongst young refugees and migrants aged 14-21||Refugee Youth||Access the resource|
|Mentor a young refugee||Any UK resident can apply to become a mentor. Hope for the Young aim to establish a pool of volunteers of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and skills||Hope for the Young||Access the resource|
|Support for homeless young refugees||Centrepoint support for young homeless refugees||Centrepoint||Access the resource|
|Integration of refugees||Good practices and challenges for Integration of young refugees||EU Agency for fundamental rights||Access the resource|
|Unaccompanied young people||London-based charity working with young refugees and asylum seekers aged 11-25, most of whom are alone in the UK without their families||Young Roots||Access the resource|
|Young refugees and migrants||Our services across the UK give young refugees and migrants opportunities to recover, meet people and start enjoying life in a new country.||Children’s Society||Access the resource|
Resources for Young People
BBC Newsround: War in Ukraine, what do all the words mean
BBC Newsround: History of the Conflict of Russia and Ukraine Explained
- Fact check using Snopes and Full Fact
- Check who else is reporting on a news item or story
- Do you know enough about the subject to form a clear view – research
- Are you displaying bias, perhaps you don’t want/want the information to be true
- Emotions – remember if a piece of content makes you sad or angry, check it out before you share.
- Research the author/content creator, have they highlighted any conflict of interest, political preference or sponsorship.
- ‘reverse image search function’ –See if the image is used elsewhere or for anything else: Search with an image on Google – Computer – Google Search Help
- Check that the article is recent, especially if it suggests it is ‘news’.
- Take control and consider seeking out alternate view points.
- You may choose to ‘Block’ the site.
- Flag the issue using the platform reporting process.
- Ignore or remove the content
- Comment on the issues to alert others of misinformation or disinformation
- Share link to facts
- Counter with positivity
- Remember that the online environment is not always reflective of the reality.
- Weigh it all up and make an informed decision.
|9 Meaningful ways you can help Ukraine||Global Citizen||Access the Resource|
|Resilience Toolkit||Mind Tools||Access the toolkit|
|Mental Health Resources||BoingBoing||Access the resources|
|All Eyes on Ukraine||First News (newspaper for children & young people)||Access the Resource|
|Ways to cope with upsetting events in the news||Shout||Visit Shout|
|Young Minds||Visit Youngminds.org.uk|
|UN Refugee Agency||Visit UNHCR.org|
|Phone Credit 4 Refugees||Visit PC4R.org|
|European Youth Parliament||Visit their website|
|British Youth Council||Visit their social media|
|European Youth Forum||Visit their website|
Support and Solidarity for Ukraine
We have created a space for young people, youth workers and those that commission, fund or lead youth work to share your support and solidarity for Ukraine. You can post messages of support via our web form below which will be added to our Messages of Support for Ukraine gallery. We hope these messages of solidarity will support our youth work colleagues and young people in Ukraine.