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Bereavement

Reducing barriers to learning.

Did you know that 1 in 29 children aged 5-16 in the UK have been bereaved? That’s roughly one pupil per class. While grief itself definitely isn’t an illness, it does increase the risk. Rates of mental health difficulty are 1.5 x higher among bereaved children.

This section contains some tools, links and information designed to help the whole school community support those children and young people who experience a bereavement.

   ‘Badger’s Parting Gifts’

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   ASK email service for Bereaved Children and Young people

Winston's Wish is a specialist bereavement charity which provides a free "Ask Email" service for children of all ages who may need support with a recent bereavement, have any questions about being bereaved, or would prefer not to talk to an adult in their immediate lives directly. The...Read more

   Bereavement Awareness Training – School Staff

Check below for training related to bereavement and bereavement awareness in the school community: The Child Bereavement Network has a dedicated training page which lists upcoming training events and conferences designed...Read more

   Explaining to a child that someone has died

Child Bereavement UK have put together a helpful repository of information, downloadable resources and videos designed to help and guide any carer, parent or teacher in explaining to a child when someone in their lives has died. Check it out here: ...Read more

   How to explain funerals to young children

Child Bereavement UK have put together a short (under 3 minutes) video designed to help parents, carers, teachers and other adults in a young child's life tackle the difficult issue of helping them understand death and funerals. You can watch it here: ...Read more

   Responding to a death in the School Community

The Child Bereavement Network has put together this helpful list of contacts, further information and statistics to help when a member of the school community dies. Check it out here: ...Read more

   Supporting bereaved children and young people with SEN

The Child Bereavement Network has collated a helpful list of potential reading available to anyone who is looking to support a child with SEN who has suffered a bereavement. You can download it here: ...Read more

   World Suicide Prevention Day

Organised by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), World Suicide Prevention Day brings together a wide-range of charities and organisations from right across the globe on the 10th of September every year to raise awareness and help prevent premature deaths by suicide....Read more