Children do not receive the support they need immediately following tragic events. The reasons include: Parents are unable to provide support because they are physically or emotionally injured; parents are taken into custody by law enforcement; children don’t express their need for assistance; and emergency responders are preoccupied with the emergency situation.
When TIP Volunteers Assist Children (Examples of Actual Calls)
-Upon returning from school a child discovers his father hanging in the garage
.-Three small children are emotionally traumatized in a hospital emergency room after an auto accident in which their mother is killed
.-Four children are left alone when their parents are taken into custody after a drug raid.
-Two children witness a third child killed by a speeding Amtrak train
-.Fifteen children witness a man intentionally drive into their day care center killing two.
-An 8-year old child discovers his father died of a drug overdose.
-Thirty children witness a child crushed by a park bench at a YMCA park.
TIP Assistance (Examples)
-Provide emotional comfort and support
.-Protect from on scene dangers (traffic, gruesome sights . . .)
-Provide with “comfort bears,” coloring books, and other comforting and reassuring materials
-.Explain emergency procedures in simple terms.
-Reassure traumatized parent(s) that their children are being cared for
-Educate parents(s) and provide written materials about how to deal with children after a tragic
-Arrange for follow up counseling services for children.
-Provide on scene support to children by TIPTeens when appropriate
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