If someone dies in our school community, whether the death is one that affects an individual student or of someone known to the whole school community, our aim is to act appropriately to provide the support needed at this difficult time.
Our response will depend on individual circumstances and the needs of students, staff and the wider school community. We appreciate that everyone, child or adult, will grieve in their own way and we do not make assumptions about what anyone should be doing, how they should be feeling or what is going to help; we are always guided by the student or their family in what they would like to happen.
The school's Designated Safeguarding Lead also takes a lead with supporting bereavements. However, you may want to discuss the situation with your child's year team in the first instance.
Provided below are a selection of materials from Child Bereavement UK that you may find useful:
In addition, we have collated a few organisations which you may also find helpful at this time:
Grief Encounter https://www.griefencounter.org.uk/
Grief Encounter is one of the UK’s leading child bereavement charities providing pioneering services and support to bereaved children, young people and their families.
Hope Again https://www.hopeagain.org.uk/
Hope Again is Cruse Bereavement Care's website for young people.
Cruse Bereavement Care https://www.cruse.org.uk/
They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance society’s care of bereaved people.
Childhood Bereavement Network http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/
CBN supports professionals working with bereaved children and young people, with information updates, key resources and networking opportunities.
Child Death Helpline http://childdeathhelpline.org.uk/
At the Child Death Helpline, we’re here to listen. Your call will be answered by a trained volunteer who has also lost a child and understands the feelings that surround the death of a child.
Child Bereavement Network http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/
The Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.
Winston's Wish https://www.winstonswish.org/
Winston’s Wish was the UK’s first childhood bereavement charity – supporting bereaved children.