How can parents help?
If a parent is concerned about changes they have seen in their child - we would encourage them to talk to their child.
We work with children on a daily basis and there is always a sense of relief experienced by a child or young person when we show an interest in understanding what it is like to be them.
So, we would say to parents to put their best-placed assumptions aside and ask their child what it feels like to be ‘them’ at that moment.
When parents do this, we encourage them to try to be calm and to try to make sure that they have time and space to respond to what their child is being brave enough to share.