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Charity urges educators and support professionals to ‘be prepared’ with child bereavement seminars


Charity urges educators and support professionals to ‘be prepared’ with child bereavement seminars

Brake, the road safety charity, is encouraging anyone who works with children or young people to have the right support in place in case of bereavement.

Brake has announced two seminars for educators and support professionals to help them build on their understanding of how children and young people experience and express grief, and further develop skills to enable them to support children and young people through their bereavement.

These ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminar’ are being run by Brake’s Sudden initiative. These essential seminars will 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 to discuss case studies and enhance their knowledge of best practice.

The seminars, sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, will take place at Slater & Gordon’s office in central Manchester on Manchester on Thursday 30 June 2016, and the Friends House in Euston, London on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

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
  • The range of services and resources available for practitioners working with bereaved children and young people

Crucially, the attendance of a Brake bereaved volunteer will also offer the opportunity for discussion about both positive and negative experiences of support, and enable institutions to ensure that they have the best possible procedures in place.

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

Jack Kushner, Brake’s victim support events and marketing officer, says: “Sudden bereavement is a tragedy that many children and young people encounter; providing proper care and support is vital. Without proper support, a sudden death can have a catastrophic and traumatic impact on children and young people. With the correct preparation and training, educators and support professionals can play a crucial role in ensuring children are well supported through the shock and grief of a bereavement. I would implore anyone who works with children or young people to attend these seminars, which offer a unique opportunity to learn how to provide the best possible support from experts and practitioners."

Deborah Johnson, principal lawyer and national head of road collision at Slater & Gordon Lawyers, says: “Representing families devastated by fatal road collisions for many years has made me all too aware of the impact on children. Tragically, a family death can also have financial and legal repercussions, making fully encompassing support vital. As well as providing a unique opportunity to network with experts and specialists from a variety of fields, Brake’s seminars enable attendees to learn from those who are brave enough to share their personal experiences, as they outline the positive and negative aspects of the support they received. Slater & Gordon are proud to again support these important events, which unite professionals in their drive to help bereaved families”.


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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