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Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminar, June 2017 and July 2017

Tuesday 27 June 2017, Manchester (UK), Thursday 6 July 2017, Birmingham (UK) and Tuesday 18 July 2017, London (UK); all 9.30am - 3.00pm

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars will be held in three locations in 2017; in central Manchester, Birmingham and London.

These essential seminars will be led by a variety of field leaders, academics and expert practitioners, offering an excellent professional development opportunity for all educators, healthcare workers and counsellors supporting suddenly bereaved children. Attendees at these events will benefit from expert guidance, offering best practice advice on providing fully encompassing support to children who have suffered from the shocking impact of a sudden bereavement.

Practitioners and academics specialising in sudden bereavement will discuss:

  • Symptoms and emotions that children and young people who have been suddenly bereaved may experience
  • Insights into methods that practitioners can use to best support suddenly bereaved children
  • A discussion of the ways in which children and young people comprehend and understand grief
  • Sign-posting to a range of services, resources and organisations that are available for practitioners working with bereaved children and young people

Speakers confirmed so far include:

Manchester, 27 June 2017:

  • Mohammed Arshad, Muslim Chaplain, Bradford Teaching Hospital Trust
    This session will provide an essential overview of the support needs of children and young people from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds, and will also cover insights into any cultural or religious issues that support workers should be aware of.

  • Professor Panos Vostanis, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Leicester
    Panos will discuss the impact of trauma and bereavement on children and young people.
  • Shirley Potts, North Development Lead, Child Bereavement UK and Clare Bullen, Bereavement Support Practitioner, Child Bereavement UK
    This session will consider the impact of a sudden bereavement on children and young people with additional needs, and will also provide information on the services that Child Bereavement UK are able to offer schools, support workers and suddenly bereaved children and young people.

  • Dr Sarah James, Lecturer in Education, University of Hull
    Sarah will discuss research that she has undertaken into bereavement support and education that is delivered in schools, alongside guidance on how schools and other groups can best support bereaved children and young people. 

Birmingham, 6 July 2017:

  • Erica Brown, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood, University of Worcester
    During this session, attendees will benefit from a vital discussion of how children grieve, and also be offered important insights into how young people experience a bereavement. 

  • Rehanah Sadiq, Muslim Chaplain, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 
    Rehanah will cover insights into cultural and religious issues that support workers may encounter when supporting children and young people who have been suddenly bereaved.

  • Dr Sharon McDonnell, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
    Sharon will overview the impact that suicide bereavement can have on children and families, and best practice for support workers, teachers and practitioners supporting families and children bereaved through suicide. 

  • Yvonne Gilligan, Chief Executive Officer, Edward's Trust
    This session will cover the support and services that Edward's Trust are able to provide.

London, 18 July 2017:

  • Julie Ellison, Training Manager, Child Bereavement UK
    Julie will overview the impact of bereavement through suicide on young people, and provide guidance on best practice for supporting children and young people who have been bereaved by suicide. 

  • Dr Jane McCarthy, Visiting Fellow, The Open University and Visiting Professor, University of Reading
    Jane will provide both an academic and personal view of the evidence concerning children's and young people's experiences of bereavement and grief in Western contexts. This will provide a particular focus on what children themselves have to say about what they find helpful, following a bereavement, and also how they may or may not communicate with those around them.

  • Dr Russell Hurn, ‎Head of Trauma and Clinical Lead at CHUMS, the Child Bereavement, Trauma and Emotional Wellbeing Service
    This session will cover the impact of PTSD following a sudden bereavement in children and young people. Attendees will benefit from an overview of symptoms of the condition, alongside input on best practice in support and treatment for children suffering from PTSD, following a traumatic bereavement.

Other speakers for these crucial events will be announced shortly.

These not-for-profit events offer an essential opportunity for practitioners to develop their skills and discuss and learn about best practice. They will help practitioners provide long-term empathetic support and discuss some of the issues facing practitioners in providing effective support to families. These events offer an excellent professional development opportunity to all counsellors, bereavement support workers, educators, emergency service workers and healthcare professionals.

Attendance at these seminars costs just £71+ VAT per person. To book your place today, fill in our online form, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These events would not be possible without funding kindly provided by Slater and Gordon Lawyers

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