Bereavement - Supporting Children Through Grief

Losing a close loved one is a distressing time whether you’re a child or an adult. It is estimated that just under 5% of children under 16 have lost a parent. In the context of Tameside, this equates to 2,389 children. We can expect this number to be higher when we include extended family i.e., siblings and Grand Parents.

The majority of children who suffer bereavement will not suffer long term harm and will be fine with support from families, peers and the adults they come into contact with. Every child will respond differently to bereavement depending upon a variety of factors. Here is some advice on how to support a child who is suffering from bereavement.

  • Provide age appropriate information.
  • Provide assurance they are not to blame and that it is normal to have different feelings.
  • Develop normal routines.
  • Give the child time to talk and ask questions about what has happened.
  • Offer support to families, if appropriate.

General Resources

Childhood Bereavement Network:

A website of resources to support children and young people who have suffered bereavement.

http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/


Young Minds

Young Minds is a general mental health website, with a section on supporting children through grief and loss.

https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-grief-and-loss/


Winstonswish

A website offering support for a child or young person around bereavement.

https://www.winstonswish.org


Once upon a smile

A Greater Manchester charity that offers support to children and young people.

https://www.onceuponasmile.org.uk/


Hope Again

Resources for Children and Young People who suffered bereavement.

https://www.hopeagain.org.uk


There are four local services offering support around bereavement for children and young people.

Antony Seddon: https://tasfund.org.uk/

Finding Rainbows: https://www.findingrainbows.co.uk/

Off the Record Tameside: http://www.otr-tameside.org/

Reubens Retreat: https://www.reubensretreat.org/

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form