Bereavement and loss are experiences, which may affect all parts of our being – emotional, physical, spiritual and social. Approximately 180,000 children under the age of 16 years lose a parent and approximately 12,000 children die in the UK each year.

How children deal with loss is an acknowledged factor in their mental wellbeing in later life. Education, health and social care professionals need a framework to develop strategies for dealing with loss and grief which are integral to the day-to-day work they do with children and families.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. To develop practical strategies to help support children and young people who experience significant loss or bereavement in their lives
  2. Understand more about the responses to loss experienced by children, including bereavement, separation, divorce and illness
  3. Understand the ethnic, religious and cultural considerations in bereavement and loss
  4. Understand the role of rights and rituals
  5. Be able to apply a range of practical support systems to children and families dealing with loss
  6. Understand how to apply an effective approach to working with children and families where loss has occurred
  7. Identify the range of support available to bereaved children and families

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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