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Critical incidents can have immediate and potentially long-term impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of young people, and the broader community. When critical incidents occur in a climate of uncertainty and change, this can lead to exacerbated levels of anxiety and stress among young people, families, educators, and communities. Evidence suggests that the more prepared we are, the better we can respond to critical incidents. This session highlights the key principles involved in responding to a critical incident to minimise the impact of uncertainty. It focuses on preparedness, planning, collaboration and coordination. The session also outlines the key principles that underpin a quality incident response to support the immediate needs of the community and facilitate longer-term recovery.
Audience: early childhood, primary and secondary school educators