Includem has been appointed National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator by Scottish Government.

Background

In the 2016-17 Programme for Government, Scottish Ministers committed to appointing a national coordinator of childhood bereavement services to review and advise on steps to improve support in Scotland. Includem are pleased to have been awarded the contract to deliver this work, commencing 2nd March 2020, with funding from the Scottish Government until the end of March 2021, with the option of extension until the end of March 2022.

In our video below you can hear from Denisha, our Project Lead on the work the project has done to date and what the project means to her.

Scope of the Project

The National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator Project has a remit to cover all of Scotland to actively seek views from those with both a professional interest in and personal experience of childhood bereavement to establish a vision of future support for child bereavement services. The work of the Project spans a number of policy areas including children and families, people with care experience, youth justice, health and education.

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Our Work

We are hosting a series of broad, challenging and inclusive conversations organised around six themes which will be explored during roundtable discussions with professionals working with bereaved children and young people.

  1. COVID-19

Example questions to explore: What have been the impacts of lockdown restrictions on the grieving process?

  1. Conversations Around Death

Example question to explore: How can we overcome the taboo and stigma of dealing with death?

  1. Training & Education

Example question to explore: How can we equip the workforce and communities to feel confident in supporting children and young people who have been bereaved?

  1. Rebuilding Lives

Example question to explore: What support do individuals and families need to rebuild their lives after a bereavement?

  1. Responses to Grief

Example question to explore: How can best support children and young people through the grieving process?

  1. Mapping Support

Example question to explore: What does bereavement support for those under the age of 25 look like across Scotland and where do the gaps lie?

We are also continuously engaging people with lived experience of childhood bereavement, and their caregivers, to enable them to meaningfully share their views through producing a Timeline of Support. This will seek to identify the disparities between what support young people receive when they are bereaved and what support they feel would have been beneficial to them at three stages:

  1. Pre-death
  2. Time of Death
  3. Post-death

If you would like to know more about the project and how you can be involved, please contact:

Denisha Killoh, Project Lead, at denisha.killoh@includem.co.uk or 07850775391