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17 Nov
BSA virtual day seminar: Coping with bereavement and loss
17 Nov 2020 10:30 - 17 Nov 2020 15:30




BSA virtual day seminar

Title: Coping with bereavement and loss


Date: November 17, 2020
Time: 09:30 - 11:30 and 12:30 - 14:30
Speaker: Winston's Wish

This seminar, led by an expert from childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, will support pastoral staff in their understanding of the impact of loss and bereavement on young people. From recognising how children and young people grieve and the physiological impact of grief, to supporting young children in coping with a return to 'normal' activities after suffering a loss, this seminar will equip delegates with a clearer understanding of how to help.


The programme will cover:

  • prevalence of childhood bereavement - in context
  • usual reactions to grief
  • theories of grief
  • developmental variations of grief
  • the roles that schools play in supporting bereaved children and young people
  • communication - with the child, family, staff, students, and wider school community
  • helping children understand their feelings
  • when to seek more help
  • self-care.

The focus will be on the main school age range of 8 - 18 years, but may go beyond these years to account for developmental variations. The session will also consider the child in the context of the boarding school 'family' and the role pastoral staff in particular, can play.


Speaker: Sam Cleevely
Sam has worked in residential children's homes and spent many years as a Social Worker before joining Winston's Wish six years ago. Sam now works within the Supportline and Digital team and has delivered training for a number of years, using the great deal of experience she has of working with a range of children, young people, and their families.


Virtual day seminar