Salford City Partnership

Bereavement Support

Local Services

Child Bereavement Service: the service, delivered by Gaddum, is a counselling service working with children, adolescents (up to the age of 18) and their parents in Salford.

The service can offer practical support and guidance to families, individuals, professionals and anyone concerned about a grieving child. 

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Greater Manchester Bereavement Service: can help to find support for anyone in Greater Manchester that has been bereaved or affected by a death.

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Helplines

Hope Again: support for children & young people affected by the death of someone close.

Winston’s Wish: support for bereaved children, their families and professionals.

Child Bereavement UK: support for families or when a child is facing bereavement.

Child Bereavement UK have created a short animation  to help bereaved children and families to understand their grief and how to manage it. Based on The Invisible Suitcase by Ian Woodroffe, the film uses the metaphor of an invisible suitcase to show how we all carry our experiences and emotions through life. None of us can control how our ‘suitcase’ is packed and when it might spring open, with our emotions being triggered sometimes when we least expect, but we can learn how to react when this happens. 


School Support in Salford

Salford and Tameside Educational Psychology Service have produced guidance to support settings on preparing and responding to Covid19 related bereavement issues that are impacting your setting and community.

The guidance covers:

  • General bereavement guidance
  • Things to consider following a bereavement during Covid-19
  • Things to do to prepare for bereavements during Covid-19
  • The 3 levels of response, dependent upon the impact on your community
  • Best practice at level 1
  • Supporting key adults and leaders
  • Responding at level 2 and 3
  • Links for a range of useful websites, helplines and resources
  • Example of letter to a bereaved child

To access the guide please see the downloadable section at the bottom of the page

 

Bereavement Resources for Schools

Winston’s Wish: Death is something that impacts us all during our lives, so providing the opportunity to learn about bereavement and develop the skills and understanding to deal with this life event is an important part of PSHE.

Written by teachers and bereavement experts, our free PSHE lessons for Key Stages 1-4 are designed to help you talk about bereavement and loss with your pupils. Awarded the Quality Mark by the PSHE Association, our programme includes:

  • Lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations for two PSHE lessons, tailored for each Key Stage
  • Four activities/resources for your class to complete, tailored for each Key Stage
  • A guide and interactive training to support the safe delivery of the lessons
  • General resources suitable for all Key Stages

We have also independently designed additional resources, including animation videos and engaging activities, to supplement the lessons and provide a way for students to raise money for the work of Winston’s Wish and give hope to grieving children.

All of these resources are available to download now from the website

 

School Bereavement Policy: The following resources have been identified to support settings to develop a bereavement policy that will ensure support for children, families and staff is in place in the event of a death in the school community.

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Online Bereavement Training for Schools

Winston’s Wish: free online training courses to help teachers and school staff understand how to support grieving children and young people in their school.

Childhood bereavement: an introductory course on childhood bereavement and what you can do to help those going through it, aimed at both primary and secondary schools. This course will cover:

  • What is childhood bereavement?
  • How does grief affect a child?
  • Dealing with a bereavement in schools

What you can do to help: This course explains some of the ways you can help children and young adults suffering from a bereavement. Aimed at both primary and secondary school teachers, the course includes:

  • The importance of communication
  • Planning and preparation
  • When to seek further support
  • Help, support and self-care

To access the free training you need to register with the website

Resources for families

Salford Educational Service has put together an information sheet for parents and carers on supporting children who've been bereaved, to view please see the downloadable section at the bottom of the page 

Child Bereavement UK have put together a range of information for families supporting a grieving child, including:

  • Children's understanding of death at different ages
  • Explaining to young children that someone has died
  • What helps grieving children and young people
  • Supporting bereaved children under 5 years of age
  • When a grandparent dies: the impact on children and young people
  • Explaining funerals, burials and cremation to young children

To access please click here 

This page was last updated on 5 August 2021

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