Supporting people after sudden death including COVID-19

Essential child bereavement seminars to return in 2018


Brake, the road safety charity, is delighted to announce that its ‘Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people’ seminars will return with four dates in 2018.

Thanks to funding kindly provided by Slater and Gordon Lawyers, these events will be held in Manchester on Thursday 21 June, Birmingham on Thursday 28 June, London on Thursday 5 July and Cardiff on Thursday 22 November 2018.

These events provide a fantastic chance for educators, support workers and counsellors to develop their skills and knowledge in supporting suddenly bereaved children. Attendees will be offered an excellent professional development opportunity, and will be able to discuss best practice with a range of field leaders and experts.

Offering an accessible and interactive chance for professionals to develop their understanding of the impact of grief and bereavement in children, the events also provide a great networking opportunity.

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 suddenly bereaved children and young people may experience;
  • Guidance on methods that practitioners can use to ensure suddenly bereaved children are fully supported;
  • Insights into the ways in which young people understand and comprehend 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

Attendees at these seminars will also hear from the experience of a Brake volunteer, who will overview their experiences, both positive and negative, of support.

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, 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 Thursday 21 June 2018, central Birmingham on Thursday 28 June 2018, Euston, London on Thursday 5 July 2018 and Slater and Gordon’s Office in central Cardiff on Thursday 22 November 2018.

Jack Kushner, Victim Support Events and Marketing Officer at Brake, the road safety charity, said: “We are delighted that these seminars are returning in 2018, and proud that we have been able to extend the reach of the events, helping ensure that as many professionals as possible will able to benefit. At Brake we are passionate about providing important professional development opportunities, and would encourage all support workers to attend one of these events, to help develop their skills. A sudden bereavement can have a traumatic ripple effect on children and their families, and it is vital that young people are provided with comprehensive care. These events provide a great chance for support professionals to ensure that they are able to provide the best possible support, should the worst happen.”

Martin James, National Head of Serious Injury at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, said: “Representing families who have been devastated by the impact of fatal road crashes has made me all too aware of the impact on children. It is crucial that children are fully supported following a sudden bereavement, and as legal professionals, it is vital that we help support families through the often complex legal processes that follow a sudden death. Slater and Gordon are proud to again support these important seminars, which bring together professionals to ensure that bereaved families and children are offered the best possible support.”

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, Twitter and Blog.

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