Children and adolescent services
Children experience grief differently to adults and require a specialised service
The following will links you to different places that support Children and young people who are grieving.
Every 22 minutes a child in Britain is bereaved of a parent; this equates to 24,000 newly bereaved children each and every year.
Winston’s Wish is the leading childhood bereavement charity in the UK. Face to face work can be offered to all children and families bereaved of a parent, primary care-giver or sibling through suicide deaths, living anywhere in the UK. There are a variety of options available to families.
Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm and Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9.30pm)
If you have a child, or are a child who has lost somebody to suicide or is thinking about ending their life please ring 0800 111 or visit Childlines online chat page where you can speak to a Childline counselor.
Visit Childlines http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Mentalhealth/Pages/Suicide.aspx
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train c.6000 professionals, helping them to better understand the needs of grieving families.
Children with special needs are often assumed to need protection from death or dieing and don’t have the capacities to understand. This may be true in some cases however they still have the right to be able to communicate their grief. This information sheet gives you the resources to support a special needs child in their time of need.
Child Bereavement UK Support & Information line 0800 02 888 40 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)