Supporting bereaved children and creating a bereavement friendly school

Updated: 24/08/16

It is estimated that 3% of all children have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. According to a questionnaire of two Norfolk high school year groups (186 pupils), 7% of pupils had experienced the death of parent and sibling, less than 2% had never experienced bereavement (including pet deaths) before.

An overwhelming majority of young people wanted death and bereavement to be taught in school (93%), though very few schools include this topic in the curriculum.

We know from a local bereavement charity in Norfolk that there are still some young people who do not feel they are supported well enough in their school.

For a  sample bereavement policy and other guidelines please log in below.

This booklet was written on behalf of the Norfolk Bereavement Partnership and provides guidance for anyone supporting bereaved children and young people.

Further reading available here: Book List





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