Welcome to the Child Brain Injury Trust’s page on concussion. You will have been directed here by Headway, the brain injury association during Action for Brain Injury Week. Please be advised that if you have any concerns about a child or young person you should refer to your GP or the local hospital or telephone 111.


Our highly informative Factsheet on concussion highlights what a concussion is, the common signs of concussion, how to identify a concussion, symptoms to check for and what should happen after a concussion has occurred (from returning back to school to activities to abstain from following a concussion.)

We have a wide range of Factsheets on a whole host of important and useful topics relating to acquired brain injury, you can see them all here. Alternatively you can contact our helpline at to request copies of any of our Factsheets.

Sports Concussion

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“If in doubt, sit them out.” This resource, created by the Scottish Government, highlights how to recognise a concussion particularly after a sports related injury. It covers what a concussion is, how to manage a concussion and returning to school following a concussion.

The resource contains a pocket concussion recognition tool to help you identify concussion in children, youth and adults wherever you may be.

Scottish Twilight Session

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This free learning event, to be held on Thursday 19th May, is an opportunity to hear more about concussion and childhood acquired brain injury from the experts. Jo Phillips, Clinical Psychologist will be describing the long term impact of childhood brain injury and Dr James Robson, Chief Medical Officer for the Scottish International Rugby team will tell us more about recognising concussion in sport. To book please call: 0131 475 2598 or email: Please click here for more information.

We’d like to thank Digby Brown Solicitors for hosting the event and for providing drinks and nibbles.


The Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment Northern Ireland have created this website to help everyone learn more about concussion.

There is information about how concussion can occur, spotting the signs of concussion and there are ideas for learning about concussion in the classroom. You can visit the website here.

GW Helpline

We have Regional Child and Family Support Co-ordinators that are able to provide support during each stage of development, working with the child, the family, teachers, educational specialists, health and social workers, psychologists, and a wide range of professionals. You can find out more here.

We also have a helpline open Monday to Friday 9-5. You can call the helpline on: 0303 303 2248 or email us at You can find out more here.


Taking place from Monday 9th – Friday 15th May, this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week focuses on issues around ‘Socialising With a Brain Injury’.

Whether it’s feeling too tired to meet up with friends, no longer understanding jokes or losing your place in a conversation, a brain injury can create new challenges. We want to raise awareness of these challenges. Find out how you can get involved here.

We would like to thank Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors for sponsoring Action for Brain Injury Week in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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