Includem has been appointed National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator by Scottish Government.
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 March 2020. The Project has funding from the Scottish Government until the end of March 2021, with the option of extension until the end of March 2022.
The Project is tasked with carrying out an audit of the existing range of bereavement services available for under 25s across Scotland. To do this, we are working in partnership with organisations and service providers and engaging with bereaved children, young people, their families and carers to progress broad aspirations for improvement into specific actions, reporting back to the Scottish Government what is needed to realise change.
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 are hosting a series of broad, challenging and inclusive conversations organised around six interconnected themes. We will host roundtable discussions to explore each theme, open for attendance to all professionals working with bereaved children and young people in Scotland.
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We are also continuously engaging with people with lived experience of childhood bereavement, and their caregivers, to enable them to share their views meaningfully and shape our recommendations to Scottish Government.
We are working to produce a ‘Timeline of Support’ shaped entirely by those who are experts by experience to identify the disparities between what support young people received when they were bereaved and what support they feel would have been beneficial to them at three stages.
You can find out more and sign up to our latest roundtable events here.
We want to hear from as many people with lived experience of childhood bereavement in Scotland as possible. If you would like to inform this aspect of the Project, or submit any verbal or non-verbal contributions, please get in touch with Denisha directly to do so.
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