Seminars to address youth bereavement

Road safety charity, Brake, has organised two seminars offering bereavement support within the education sector

Brake is running two seminars for educators and support professionals, seeking to build on their understanding of how children and young people experience and express grief. It hopes that developing these skills to enable them to better support children and young people through bereavement.

Ellie Pearson, from Brake, says:’If properly prepared and informed, educators and support professionals can play a vital role in making sure bereaved children are well supported through the shock and grief.”

The seminars will take place in Manchester on Tuesday 21 October 2014 and London on Thursday 27 November 2014. Key topics that will be covered by specialist practitioners and academics include: the ways young people experience and express grief; how the practical provision of long-term support to children and families can be implemented; the range of services and resources available to those working with bereavement. The event will also include a case study from a Brake bereaved volunteer.

Talking about the importance of addressing child bereavement, especially after sudden death, Brake trustee, Deborah Johnson, says:’It is all too easy for [the young person] to get forgotten when there is so much else going on, making everything even more bewildering and frightening. This seminar [has] the aim of making sure that bereaved children get the best possible support.”

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