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Charity confirms it will deliver its acclaimed child bereavement seminars in 2017 - 09/02/17


Charity confirms it will deliver its acclaimed child bereavement seminars in 2017 

Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted to announce that its essential ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars will return with three dates in 2017. Thanks to funding provided by Slater and Gordon Lawyers, these events, which provide an essential professional development opportunity for all support workers, educators and counsellors, will be held in Manchester on Tuesday 27 June, Birmingham on Thursday 6 July and London on Tuesday 18 July. 

These vital seminars will enable attendees to develop their knowledge and understanding of the impact of a sudden bereavement on children, allowing practitioners to develop their skills in supporting children process and cope with their grief. Crucially, these seminars provide an essential networking opportunity, and offer the opportunity for attendees to discuss best practice with a variety of academic experts and practitioners. 

These seminars are being delivered by Sudden, a project coordinated 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. 

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;
  • An overview of cultural and religious issues that support workers may encounter when supporting people who have been suddenly bereaved;
  • Sign-posting to a range of services, resources and organisations that are available for practitioners working with bereaved children and young people

Vitally, attendees at these events will benefit from the attendance of a Brake bereaved volunteer, who will discuss both positive and negative aspects of the support they received, providing an excellent opportunity for institutions to ensure that they are adhering to best practice.

Feedback from our previous ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars:

 “Outstanding. A breath of fresh air to have training delivered from personal experience and knowledge. The most relevant training I have had in many years in light of my role.”

An excellent continued professional development day of informative speakers and focused case studies. Today has kick-started my next steps in helping our primary children.”

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

The seminars, sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, will take place at Slater & Gordon’s office in central Manchester on Manchester on Tuesday 27 June 2017, Priory Rooms in central Birmingham on Tuesday 6 July 2017 and the Friends House in Euston, London on Tuesday 18 July 2017.

Jack Kushner, victim support events and marketing officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “Providing vital professional development events is something that Brake are very proud of, and would encourage all victim support professionals to attend one of these seminars, to ensure that they are prepared for when the worst happens. Tragically, sudden bereavement is something that many children and young people encounter, and it is essential that support workers are able to provide comprehensive care. If educators and support workers have received the correct preparation and training, they can play an essential role in ensuring that children are fully supported through the shocking impact of a sudden bereavement.”

Deborah Johnson, principal lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, said: “Through my years of experience in representing families who have been devastated by fatal road crashes, I have been made all too aware of the impact on children. For families, coping with the complexities of the legal system can be overwhelming. Tragically, a bereavement can have a severe financial and legal impact on a family, and our job as legal professionals is to support families, through the sometimes bewildering processes that can follow a sudden death. Slater and Gordon are delighted to again support these crucial seminars, and are proud that they are able to reach an increasing number of professionals, ensuring that as many practitioners as possible are able to benefit.”


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. 

Follow the latest updates from Sudden on our LinkedIn Group and on Twitter.

Slater & Gordon Lawyers:

Slater & Gordon Lawyers is one of the UK’s largest law firms with offices across England, Wales & Scotland. With more than 85 years’ experience, our reputation is built on the range of expertise offered by our partners and staff. We have completed acquisitions of a number of other law firms within the UK to become one of the largest personal law firms. The acquisitions have included: Russell Jones & Walker, Fentons, Goodmans Law, Taylor Vinters, John Pickering and Partners, and Pannone. We represent clients across a range of practise areas these include: personal injury, clinical negligence, employment, divorce and family, business, crime and regulatory, commercial and civil litigation, and media, libel and privacy. Additionally, the firm represents the Police Federation of England and Wales and specialises in police law. For further information visit