Includem has been appointed National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator by Scottish Government.
The National Childhood Bereavement Project was established to realise the commitments made by Scottish Ministers to improve support for those who are bereaved during their childhood, as outlined in the Programme for Government 2016/17. Includem were awarded the contract to deliver this work beginning in March 2020. The Project is set to conclude and report its final recommendations to Scottish Government at the end of March 2022.
The Project is tasked with carrying out an audit of the existing range of bereavement services available for infants, children, young people and young adults under the age of 25 in Scotland. To do this, we have actively engaged with those who have been bereaved during childhood, the supporting adults in their lives, and the individuals and organisations working to help them through their grief. As of March 2021, the Project has spoken directly to over 100 people across Scotland.
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 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.
The Project seeks to bring people with a professional and a personal experience of childhood bereavement together to share their reflections and insights from their journey.
We have hosted a series of broad, challenging and inclusive conversations organised around six interconnected themes through online roundtable discussions.
We have also continuously engaged with people with lived experience of childhood bereavement, and the supporting adults in their lives, to create a ‘Timeline of Support’ shaped entirely by those who are experts by experience to outline the minimum support every young person in Scotland should have access to when they are bereaved.
On 24/08/21 we published our interim report summarising the learning gathered during the first year of the Project from March 2020 – March 2021.
The report provides an update on the progress made in relation to achieving the key deliverables and milestones set by the Scottish Government and highlights emerging cross-cutting themes from the initial engagement with individuals and organisations supporting infants, children, young people, and young adults who have been bereaved. At its heart, the report has been created with and by those with direct lived experience of childhood bereavement, providing a platform for their views to be meaningfully heard.
The report can be read here.
Get in Touch
If you would like to know more about the Project and how you can be involved, please contact:
Denisha Killoh, Project Lead, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07850775391