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Support for professionals


  • Child Bereavement UK: Provide information and advice to schools. They have lots of resources on their website, such as a bereavement policy, lesson plans and advice on how to support bereaved children. They also give employers advice on how to support staff when they return to work after child bereavement. There are so many valuable resources on this site, it is worth hunting around as there are many free downloadable advice booklet, for example, supporting children when a sibling dies.
  • Winston’s Wish: Provides advice for professionals in how to support bereaved children. They have a range of publications and resources on their website and offer clear guidance, advice and suggestions to professionals. +44 (0) 1242 515157. Helpline – 08452 03 04 05.


  • Childhood Bereavement Network: gives advice on help after a death – pointers for teachers. It also has publications that can be used with children and teens following a death. They have a useful book list which is split in to different age groups and settings.



  • SAMM – supporting families bereaved by Murder and Manslaughter. They provide advice and training to many agencies on issues relevant to the traumatically bereaved. SAMM provides training for people who come into contact with those bereaved through homicide. They currently offer this training to Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Barristers, Probation Officers, Schools and many other organisations.Contact: 0121 471 1200


  • Dove Service: Provide training across the Midlands and North West. They have courses such as: Bereavement and loss, basic counselling skills and creative intervention workshops.Contact:

  01782 683155


  • The Hospice of the Good Shepherd: Reflect offers telephone advice, information and sign posting. They offer training tailored to your needs and can deliver twilights at your school.Contact: Reflect Child Bereavement   Tel: 01244 851104 Email:



  • East Cheshire Hospice: provide workshops for professionals on ‘Understanding a Child’s Grief’.Contact:01625610364 Email:


  • The Joshua Tree: They will offer support to schools when there is the loss of a child to cancer or leukaemia. They will offer telephone support for the school, face to face counselling/play therapy for the child (at school or at their support centre) one to one support for staff, or they can attend a staff meeting.  They are also gathering resources that schools may borrow to provide continued support within the school community. 


  • Sandworlds: Based in Thelwall, Warrington. Also offers a mobile service in the North West – play therapy / creative arts therapies can be given at school. Can travel up to 40 miles from Thelwall. Play therapy can be provided to any child from 3 – 12 years old. Creative arts therapies can be provided to any teenager or adolescent from 13 – 17 years. Jungian sandplay therapy and creative art therapies can be provided to adults. Session at Thelwall cost £30 per session. The rate for mobile services is the same, but mileage / travelling time charge is added. Usually 8 – 10 sessions are recommended. Contact:Jane Fay, Tel 07703 661126


  • Musability: Music therapy. Based in Liverpool, but able to provide services within the North West region of England and North Wales. They work in schools, centres, homes, hospitals and clinics. They work with 1:1 and with groups.Contact: Greg Hanford at 07971603673 


  • Dance therapy – Shirley Brocklehurst, MA
    Dance Movement Psychotherapist