Of the more than 126,500 Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the UK since the war began, a third are children. How can schools welcome and support them? Sheila Hopkins advises and signposts to resources to help


“When my daughter, Veronika, left Ukraine, she left everything behind: first and foremost, she left her dad, she left her favourite toys, her neighbourhood, her friends and her teacher. Leaving all of that behind abruptly without having a chance to say goodbye was very traumatic.”
Ukrainian mother

According to the UN Refugee Agency (2022), the current war in Ukraine has led to almost six million refugees since February 24 this year, with approximately half of these people estimated to be children.

Many refugees live with the stress of the unknown, carry trauma, and are in fear of what might happen to their loved ones back home – especially as males aged 18 to 65 have been required to stay. The situation is volatile and changes day by day.

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