Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week – Agenda

What: Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) national event for Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week (BCAW) 2018.

When: Thursday 15th of November in Wood Quay Venue

Who: 120 delegated made up of ICBN members who include professionals working directly with bereaved children, those who occasionally support them and people interested in the area of children and young people’s loss.

Why: There is an increased need to shine a light on the children’s grief. The seminar will focus on ways to implement the ‘Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children & Young People – An Improvement Framework’ developed by the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network.


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Time Schedule
10am Registration
10.15 Opening address by Brid Carroll (ICBN Chair) – setting the scene (ICBN introduction, expectation for the day)
Overview of ‘Standards for Supporting Bereaved Children & Young People’ Input by Anne Marie Jones (Chair of ICBN Standards Group)
10:30 Bereaved Child and Young person’s experience & needs
Introduction by Anne Marie Jones (Chair of ICBN Standards Group)
What it means when you’re a child …sharing personal experience – Charlotte, Aishleen, Katie Ann O’Toole (Jacinta’s Smile)
Q & A
11.15 Tea/Coffee
11:45 The role of the Community in supporting Bereaved Children and Young people
Introduction by Celine Deane (ICBN Advisory Panel) followed by a short animation.
12pm Bereaved families experience & needs
Introduction by Anne Staunton (ICBN Advisory panel)
What it means for families …sharing personal experience – Tom Kennedy and John Fitzsimons
Q & A
1pm Lunch
2pm Childhood Bereavement – looking back – a personal experience by
Arslaan Khan – Imam in Anwar e madina mosque in Dublin
2.15 Challenges for service providers supporting bereaved families – how can we develop appropriate responses
Introduction by Estelle Mc Ginley (ICBN Advisory Panel)
Input from Rainbows – Anne Staunton (ICBN Advisory Panel)
2.45 Video – Catherine’s story
2.50 The national agenda and way forward
Introduction by Orla Keegan – Head of Education and Bereavement, Irish Hospice Foundation
Input by Senator Marie-Louise O’Donnell – Author of Finite Lives – dying death and bereavement – an examination of state services in Ireland
3pm Close