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Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars, June, July and November 2018

Thursday 21 June 2018, Manchester (UK), Thursday 28 June 2018, Birmingham (UK) and 5 July 2018, London (UK); Thursday 22 November 2018 Cardiff (Wales, UK).

All seminars 9.30am - 3.00pm

Led by a variety of academics and expert practitioners, these essential seminars provide a practical overview of best practice in supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people.

Offering an excellent professional development opportunity to all school teachers and support staff, healthcare workers and counsellors, these events provide expert guidance on how to help children cope and recover from the shocking impact of a sudden bereavement, and offer a great chance for professionals to develop their skills and knowledge. 

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

Confirmed speakers for these seminars include:

Manchester, 21 June 2018

  • Sue McDermott, Non-Executive Director, Rainbows Bereavement Support Great Britain
  • Kalli Selioti, Volunteer Researcher, Winston's Wish
  • Shirley Potts, North Development Lead, Child Bereavement UK

Birmingham, 28 June 2018

  • Rehanah Sadiq, Senior Muslim Chaplain, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Man Kaur, Hindu Chaplaincy Volunteer, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Pyara Singh Bhogal, Chair, Council of Sikh Gurdwaras, Birmingham
  • Kalli Selioti, Volunteer Researcher, Winston's Wish
  • Sue Dale and Yvonne Gilligan, Chief Executive, Edward's Trust

London, 5 July 2018

  • Dr Sarah James, Lecturer in Education, University of Hull 
  • Yunus Dudhwala, Head of Chaplaincy & Bereavement Services, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Dr Katie Koehler, Assistant Director of Bereavement Services, Child Bereavement UK

Cardiff, 22 November 2018

  • Rhian Burke, Founder and Chief Executive, 2 Wish Upon A Star

Further speakers for these events will be announced shortly.

Feedback from previous events:

“Fantastic seminar. A great array of passionate, inspirational and informative speakers. Very useful and very worthwhile.”

“Excellent day. Very well run, with fast pace and great and varied speakers. Really useful - good resources available and signposting to further sites/charities to get further information.”

“The conference has been extremely informative. The speakers were excellent and varied. This will help me to support children in the schools that I work in.”

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..

We are incredibly grateful to the continued kind support of Slater and Gordon Lawyers, without whose funding these events would not be possible.

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