Managing Bereavement in Education – A Whole School Approach


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Course Description

The Supporting Bereavement & Grief in Children & Young People half day course provides participants with a detailed understanding of bereavement and how to better support grieving children and young people. Information and practical resources will be discussed in order to help participants understand how grief affects a child/young person and how to help them cope. Participants will also learn core skills to help deal with situations that may arise including impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how to support children/young people who have lost someone to COVID-19.


Course Objectives

• Understand what is meant by bereavement and grief;
• Discuss the importance of a school/college bereavement policy;
• Unpick and understand the grief cycle;
• Implement effective and sensitive ways to support children/young people;
• Look at ways to talk to children/young people about loss and how to deliver sensitive news;
• How to create a safe environment to share feelings, encourage self-care and help manage and support anger and denial;
• Revisit ways to set boundaries, anticipate emotional reactions, being realistic and setting key points for action;
• Understand how bereavement and grief can affect mental health;
• Planning long-term support including parental involvement, key dates etc;
• Look at ways to be mindful about our own wellbeing as members of staff;
• A kit bag of practical ideas to support bereaved children/young people.


Course Leader

Samantha Garner


Target Audience

Aimed at anyone who works directly or indirectly with students and wants to provide support and gain understanding regarding bereavement and grief. Ideal for school-based staff including teachers, head teachers, deputy headteacher, SENCO, classroom assistant, educational psychologists and pastoral care staff. As well as multidisciplinary teams i.e. looked after children, foster care, adoption agencies, social services.

Additional information

Date and Location

25th May 2021