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