Childhood Bereavement Study Days and Workshops
As children develop, they create an internalised map of how the world works. When they experience either a sudden or anticipated bereavement, this challenges their view of the world. Over time, they will need to construct a new map to help them make sense of what has happened, and to better understand the world around them.
It is estimated that over 12,000 11-16 year old pupils in Wolverhampton were affected by a significant bereavement in 2017.
Research shows that the death of a family member or close friend may be a factor in:
- Reduced academic achievement
- Increased risk of offending behaviour
- Increased risk of developing anxiety and depression
The Atlas Programme run by Compton Care is a free programme available to those working within Primary and Secondary schools in the Wolverhampton area.
Our introductory study days and workshops are ideal for those interested in learning about how to support bereaved children, exploring how they may be affected by bereavement at different ages and incorporating discussions and practical exercises into the sessions. Atlas aims to equip all professionals working with children with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help children and young people to navigate their way through their journey of bereavement. Whilst the nature and progress of this journey will differ for each individual, there are many ways in which school staff (and other professionals) can support the grieving process.
Individuals from community organisations, youth workers or those working in Health and Social Care are also welcome to attend our sessions for a fee of £20 (‘Twilight’ workshop) or £40 (full day session).
Attendees of our introductory sessions are eligible to attend our ‘next level’ childhood bereavement training events, with topics including:
- Autism and Childhood Bereavement
- Developing School Bereavement Policy
- Communicating with Bereaved Children
- Practicalities of Managing Anticipated or Sudden Childhood Bereavement
- Attachment Theory and Childhood Bereavement
The Atlas Programme can assist with the development of bereavement policy within local schools, and there are also opportunities for specific case support, with the programme tailored to suit school and staffing requirements.
For more information about this service please contact the team at Compton Care.