It is a sobering reality that many schools will be preparing to support an increased number of bereaved children and young people in the near future. As a result, staff members may be feeling anxious about how they can support families who have experienced grief or loss.
Showing that you care about what has happened and how the family has been affected, as well as listening to the child's needs are some of the most helpful things that a school can do.
We have prepared a Schools’ Information Pack as a guide for teachers, teaching assistants, learning support assistants, headteachers, education welfare officers and other adults working in schools. It aims to provide you with support and information when a death occurs within the school community.
This document has been written with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in mind but is a relevant resource for use in the case of bereavement generally.