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Road safety charity’s online training for victim support professionals proves popular


Road safety charity’s online training for victim support professionals proves popular

Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted to announce that its essential Understanding sudden bereavement: providing effective support to suddenly bereaved people webinar has now sold out. This vital event, which will feature expert input from bereavement specialist Dr Linda Machin, offers an excellent opportunity for professionals to develop their understanding of sudden bereavement.

Thanks to kind sponsorship from Birchall Blackburn Law, this event has been provided free of charge, and Brake is delighted with the level of engagement this webinar has achieved. For any interested organisations or individuals who are unable to attend the event, a recording of the webinar will be made available on Brake’s YouTube page, following the event.

This webinar is being delivered by Sudden, a project coordinated by Brake. In addition to this webinar, Sudden has a number of other vital upcoming training events this year. These include the crucial Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars, which bring together academics, educators, and victim support practitioners. These essential seminars give a vital insight into how children and young people can be helped through the shock and grief of sudden bereavement, and provide a unique opportunity for professionals, educators and academics to discuss case studies and enhance their knowledge of best practice.

The seminars are being held in central Manchester on Thursday 30 June 2016, and London on Wednesday 13 July 2016. Find out more here.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, says: “We are delighted that this vital webinar has reached such a widespread, global audience, as it presents a fantastic training opportunity for support workers and professionals. Attending events like this is a great way for those working with bereaved people to develop their knowledge of best practice. This webinar offers an excellent chance for international discussion of best practice, and highlights Brake’s continued dedication to providing training for professionals working with people who have been suddenly bereaved.

I would also implore any support professionals, practioners and educators to consider attending one of our Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminars. Considering the traumatic impact that a bereavement can have on a child, it is vital that those who are able to provide support have received the best possible training, and these events provide a great way for professionals, educators and practioners to ensure they can provide the best possible support, should the worst happen.”


Notes for editors:

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.

Sudden 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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