CHICKS is a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK. The children they help come from a variety of backgrounds. They might be living in poverty, be young carers, be victims of bullying or abuse, or have been bereaved. The one thing they all have in common is that they could really benefit from a week away from their circumstances.
Child Bereavement UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year they train more than 8000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families. The website has a whole section for schools and early year’s settings. Make sure you take a look at their Schools information pack which has information sheets, resources and examples you can use within your school to help support staff, pupils and the community at a difficult time. Topics covered include: Supporting Bereaved Pupils, Bereavement Policies, Suicide, and Age Related Booklists.
Childhood Bereavement Network
The Childhood Bereavement Network is the hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. They believe that all children and young people in the UK, together with their caregivers, can easily access a choice of high quality local and national information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives. They provide information for schools and professionals, young people and parents and carers.
Cruse Bereavement – help for schools
Cruse Bereavement Care is a national charity for bereaved people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They offer support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies and work to enhance societies care of bereaved people.
The Compassionate Friends offers many different kinds of support for bereaved families such as online support, a telephone helpline and resources.
Grief Encounter support bereaved children and their families to help alleviate the pain caused by the death of someone close. They offer a telephone helpline, family programme, specialist resources and an E-Counselling service.
Hope Again is the youth website of Cruse Bereavement Care. It is a safe place, where young people who are facing grief can share their stories with others.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional body responsible for education and training, and setting and raising standards in psychiatry. They provide very useful information on bereavement including a leaflet for those who have been bereaved.
PAPYRUS deliver awareness and prevention training and provide confidential support and suicide intervention through HOPELineUK for young people and professionals. There website offers really practical information on how to talk about suicide, tips and apps for self-care and resources such as suicide safety plans and creating a ‘Hope Box’.
The Samaritans is a national charity that offers support to everyone (including under 18s). They offer a safe place to talk, anytime and in the way a child or young person prefers. Samaritans’ primary responsibility is to the child or young person – not their parent or guardian. Samaritans also offer a Step by Step service to help schools and college communities prepare for a recover from suspected or attempted suicides.
The Counselling Directory
A national online directory of qualified councillors, including information on bereavement.
Winstons Wish is a national charity that offers a helpline and call back service. They offer support, information and guidance for those caring for children and young people who have been bereaved.