Our thoughts are with all those affected by the tragic events in Manchester on Monday night.

This kind of news is hard enough to process as an adult, and many of us will struggle to explain it to our children.

BBC Radio Scotland spoke to psychologist Emma Kenny and Nicky Cox, the editor of children’s newspaper First News, about the importance of being open and reassuring in discussions with children.

Stockport MBC’s Children & Young People’s Psychology Service has also provided the following advice and information to help anyone supporting children or young people at this difficult time.

Coping following involvement in a major incident

How to help and support children following a critical incident (please scroll down to the second page).

Official guidelines for accessing support for those involved or affected by this awful attack are available here.

Our thoughts are with the victims of this atrocity and their families.