Resources to support refugee Children & Families from the Ukraine

Ukrainian Language guide to Education in Donegal - Early Years to University

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Provision of transport for families from Ukrainian - Local Link

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Ukraine Cultural Competency Guide 29.04.2022

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11th April 2022

Medical Card Form Ukrainian 

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Medical Card Form Russian

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HSE Guide to Services English / Ukrainian

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Medical Card Application Form Ukrainian

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Find Support Poster 

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1 April 2022

Free HSE training: Understanding trauma and supporting the needs of people fleeing war and /or persecution

Who is this training for?

Anyone working with or supporting children, adults or families who have fled war and / or persecution, including those providing support to people who have arrived in Ireland from Ukraine and all other people seeking International Protection here in Ireland. It is suitable for people working in statutory and non-statutory organisations such as the HSE, Child and Family Agency, Department of Education and Science, Department of Social Protection, Department of Justice, NGO’s and community support services.

What are the learning goals?

Participants will leave with an awareness / basic understanding of the following:

·        War trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

·        The psychosocial needs of people who have fled war and are adjusting to a new life in Ireland

Understanding the barriers that interfere with people accessing and benefitting from supports

·        Helpful do’s and don’ts when working with people who have survived war trauma

·        When and where to get help for trauma / PTSD

Understanding the importance of minding your own psychological wellbeing when helping others


Dr. Jennifer Hayes is Principal Psychology Manager for Social Inclusion in Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.  She is a qualified clinical psychologist and a counselling psychologist and has supported children, adults and families across multiple services in the HSE for almost 20 years. Over the last number of years she has worked extensively with Syrian and Iraqi war survivors living in Ireland as part of the Resettlement Project. Her area of clinical expertise is trauma, PTSD and supporting people who have fled war and persecution are resettling in Ireland.

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1 April 2022

 'You and Me, Let's Talk', Useful phrases for early years settings

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Supporting Newly Arrived Children from the Ukraine

The pages are now being translated into Russian and Ukrainian and there will shortly be holding text stating this on the landing page.

The URLs are also available in both languages:

Frequently Asked Questions for Displaced persons from Ukraine

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Rapid Responses to Trauma for Refugee Care

Not Reliving- But Living, Psychological First Aid for Refugee Care

Helpful Do's and Don't's, from the Psycholoical society of Ireland

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National Education Psychological Services 

NEPS is leading on the provision of a psycho-social response to supporting the wellbeing of children and young people arriving from Ukraine in our schools, and using a Psychological First Aid approach.  The approach adopted is in line with evidence-based principles known to help people regain a sense of normalcy and wellbeing in the aftermath of emergencies/traumatic events. 

NEPs has published:

NEPS has released wellbeing guidance for Ukrainian parents/carers which is translated into Russian and Ukrainian. This may be very useful for newly arrived families    Click Here 

-        Guidance on supporting all children who may be experiencing distress in relation to current events – Supporting Children and Young People in a time of war. See here and here

-        Guidance for primary and post-primary schools in relation to supporting the wellbeing of Ukrainian children/young people at this time.  Here and here

Advice to Ukrainian parents will be available on the wellbeing site in the coming days and translated into Russian and Ukrainian.

All advice has been shared with schools.

NEPS are delivering a series of webinars in collaboration with  Education Support Centres of Ireland (ESCI), to further support schools on the following dates:

·       Thursday 31st March at 4.00 – 4.45 pm Primary

·       Thursday 31st March at 7.00 – 7.45 pm Post Primary

The webinars will provide practical strategies to welcome children and young people from Ukraine to our schools, to support them to develop friendships, to assist with addressing their language related needs and to promote their resilience and recovery.  NEPS is running these webinars in collaboration with Education Support Centres Ireland (ESCI).   The webinars are suitable for all school staff and will be repeated on the:

·       5th April 5.00 – 4.45 pm Post Primary

·       5th April 7.00 – 7.45 Primary

Guide to enrolling children in School

Guide to enrolling Children in School

English language version Click here

Ukrianian language version Click here

Become a school of Sanctuary


Slides: Responding to Ukraine crisis 14mar HSTA (003).pptx.pdf - Google Drive

Other useful resources are available here:

Police Service of Ireland / An Gardai Siochana/ Gardai

Information on our Police Service

English language Click Here

Ukrainian language Russian language Click Here

INTO page for support information for Ukranian parents and schools.

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Talking to Children about War and Conflict
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Information Coffee  Morning Donegal Youth Service April 7th 2022

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