Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Essential seminars for victim support professionals prove popular


Essential seminars for victim support professionals prove popular

Brake, the road safety charity, is pleased to announce that its ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars are almost sold out. These crucial events will provide an excellent overview of the support methods that are available to professionals responsible for working with suddenly bereaved children and young people.

The seminars, which are being held in central Manchester on Thursday 30 June, and central London on Wednesday 13 July, offer a fantastic opportunity for practitioners to enhance their knowledge of best practice and to learn from experts in the field.

Attendees will be provided with vital insights into how children and young people can be supported through the shock and grief of a sudden bereavement, and will be given a unique networking experience.

This seminar is being delivered by Sudden, an initiative by Brake. Following Brake’s extensive experience supporting families bereaved suddenly by road crashes, Sudden was founded as a project for sharing best practice in all types of sudden bereavement support among professionals. Sudden brings together academics, victim support professionals, and others to share and promote best practice.

At the seminars, practitioners and academics specialising in sudden bereavement will discuss:

• Insights into how children and young people experience and express grief, with sessions led by a leading UK academic 
• A common-sense approach to helping children, young people and families deal with the horrendous shock of sudden death
• Practical provision of long-term empathetic support to children, young people and families to aid their recovery
• Case study from a Brake bereaved volunteer and Question and Answer session

Attendees can register for these seminars online or by calling +44 (0)1484 559909. The cost to attend is just £71 +VAT.

In addition to these seminars, Brake is running a number of other essential training events this year. These include a not to be missed seminar on ‘Providing effective support following a serious brain injury’. This event, which will be held in Bristol on Thursday 8 September, will provide an excellent opportunity for professionals to engage in discussions about the latest developments in brain injury support. Find out more here.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says: “We are delighted that these important seminars are going to reach such a wide audience, as they provide an essential training opportunity for practioners and professionals. Tragically, sudden bereavement is something that many children and young people will face, but attending events like these can help ensure that professionals and practioners are up to date with the latest developments in best practice, and are in a position to offer fully encompassing support. I would encourage anyone who works with children or young people to attend this event, which offers a unique professional development opportunity, for a low cost.”


Notes to Editors:

About Brake
Brake is a national road safety charity, founded in 1995, that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use, and effective road safety policies. We do this through national campaignscommunity education, services for road safety professionals and employers, and by coordinating the UK's flagship road safety event every November, Road Safety Week. Brake is a national, government-funded provider of support to families and individuals devastated by road death and serious injury, including through a helpline and support packs.

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Road crashes are not accidents; they are devastating and preventable events, not chance mishaps. Calling them accidents undermines work to make roads safer, and can cause insult to families whose lives have been torn apart by needless casualties.

is a project run by Brake that helps people who have been bereaved by any kind of sudden death. Sudden believes people bereaved by sudden death suffer terribly and have acute support needs. We also believe these people have a right to recover and lead a full and happy life again. Sudden provides emotional support and practical help to suddenly bereaved people to enable this recovery.

Sudden runs a free membership scheme for anyone caring for someone who has been suddenly bereaved, such as police family liaison officers, health professionals, or teachers. Sudden is a project developed by Brake, the road safety charity. Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of sudden death. Brake has extensive experience of providing support to families bereaved suddenly through its support services for families bereaved by road crashes. 

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