Support for schools during a bereavement
When a bereaved child returns to school it is important that the school climate is supportive and understanding of their needs. A bereavement can impact hugely on the emotional and social well -being of the child and on their ability to concentrate and conduct their studies. Teachers are in a unique position to provide positive support to bereaved children and this section includes a range of useful resources to help you best support a bereaved child and talk to the other students about what has happened.
28% of Irish 9 year old’s have lost a grandparent and 2.2% a parent, according to research carried out in 2012 by the ESRI. Figures in the UK show that 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil on their roll book at all times. It is therefore expected that all teachers, at some point, will encounter a child attending their school who has suffered a bereavement.
The ICBN has developed its own online resource for primary school teachers and it is available here.
There are some organisations in the UK who provide excellent resources on dealing with bereavement in schools.
How to teach…dealing with bereavement an overview of resources by The Guardian
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This section provides information on a range of bereavement resources for professionals and is suitable for counsellors, social workers, psychologists and other professionals meeting bereaved children. The ICBN is an organisation providing information and support to families, carers and professionals working with bereaved children in Ireland. If you would like to share a resource that […]
Education and Training
Education and continuous professional development are essential to ensure continued good practice and high quality support to bereaved children. Those providing support must have the competencies to address the needs of bereaved children at the level and complexity of those needs. Find out more about courses specifically related to bereavement and loss below: Irish […]