Bereavement, Separation and Loss Support

Many children and young people will experience bereavement, through the loss of a parent, sibling, grandparent or friend. Children can also face the loss of aloved animal or pet which can be as significant for them as losing a relative or friend.

The term ‘bereavement’ refers to the process of grieving and mourning and is associated with a deep sense of loss and sadness. It is a natural process; however its effects can be overwhelming. 

One of the country’s leading childhood bereavement charities, Winston’s Wish,reports that children often feel isolated during their grief experience and may feel that nobody understands their feelings. Although experience of bereavement will be unique to the individual and it is very difficult to predict how someone will respond.

Certain reactions are common to children as well as adults. During bereavement, children and young people can experience a great numberof emotions, including sadness, anger, anxiety, guilt, fear, denial, disbelief and confusion. With the right help and support, most children and young people will not require professional help or a ‘bereavement expert’; rather, as highlighted by the Child Bereavement Charity, what they do need is people who care and the understanding of familiar and trusted adults. 


Useful Organisations and Resources


Child Bereavement UK

Ideas for teachers in schools as well as parents and children. 

Helpline: 0800 02 888 40


Cruse Bereavement Care

Provides bereavement support, either face-to-face or over the phone, from trained volunteers around the UK. Calls to this helpline are free. The website includes resources for schools to support children facing bereavement including useful grief booklets.

Helpline: 0808 808 1677


Hope Again

A website designed for young people by young people who have been bereaved (part of Cruse Bereavement Care).

0808 808 1677


Winston’s Wish

A child bereavement charity which offers specialist practical support and guidance to bereaved children, their families and professionals. 

08088 020 021


Adult Bereavement Support -

The UK’s signposting website for bereaved people. Support services, information, helplines and helpful reads for anyone who has been bereaved, whatever their age, loss or background. Includes a searchable list of local, national and specialist services across the UK. A free, professional counselling web chat is also available.

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Head Teacher: Lee Dumbell
Norwood Crescent
Business Manager: Jo Todhunter
SEND Contact: Rachael Brookfield - SENDCo
SEND Email: [email protected]
Chair of Governors: Mrs Lesley Lee