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Information for Schools and Other Professionals

Our support for schools


On average, 1 child per class has been bereaved of a parent or sibling, yet many teachers receive no bereavement training and may be unsure how to support grieving the children or young people in their care.

We believe that schools can be a ‘haven of normality’ for bereaved children and young people  who can feel secure with the structure and routine of the school day.

Slide Away recognises that schools have a vital role to play in supporting bereaved children, so it helps to ensure that schools are able to support children by:

  • Encouraging them to designate a staff member, known as a School Bereavement Contact,  to liaise between the school and Slide Away and support bereaved children
  • Providing information, guidance and training on how best to support bereaved pupils in their school community
  • Offering further training and guidance when the school requests it
  • Providing support to staff and pupils when there has been a death in the school community - this might include drop-in sessions for staff and pupils or one-to-one support for those most closely affected
  • Offering a team member to the school to share the work we do in teacher meetings or assemblies

If you work in a school and you have heard about Slide Away's services and would like us to support a child or young person in your care, please get in touch to find out how to become a School Bereavement Contact.

If you are an existing School Bereavement Contact and you need to make a referral, please get in touch to obtain the link to our online referral process.

Slide Away offers schools and other UK professionals training to help them understand children’s grief. Our courses are approved by the British Psychological Society for the puposes of CPD. The programme’s target audience is staff working in schools and early years settings, but it would also be appropriate for those working in youth services, social services, and in early help teams.

If you are interested in our courses, for yourself or for your team, please get in touch.

We would thoroughly recommend you get in touch with the charity, Project Eileen. They offer free grief-related multimedia lesson materials / resources for secondary schools. More information can be found at