If you think a child you know has a problem, it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it. When there are problems at home, such as parents fighting, divorce or a death in the family, children can become withdrawn and upset. If you’re worried about a child, encouraging them to talk can be very helpful, whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or friend. Being able to talk to someone other than a parent is sometimes very helpful for children. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers or even a counsellor can all offer support.
For more advice and information check out this article from NHS Choices – “Talking to children about feelings” where you can find topics such as looking for clues in their play, when a child is too frightened to talk,, if a child is aggressive or misbehaving, and if your child is grieving.