The death of a close friend or relative is a tragic event that can be one of the most distressing events that can happen to a young person. If you are reading this because you have experienced the death of a close friend or relative we would like to offer you and your family our sincere condolences at this most difficult time.
Please contact the school on Safeguarding@ecaterham.net if a student has suffered a bereavement. Bereavement can impact on young people in different ways, and at different times, and it is import for staff working closely with people to be aware in order to support them.
There are a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time - please see the information below or click here to access the London's Borough of Redbridge information page.
Winston Wish have a Helpline where anyone supporting a bereaved child can gain advice, information and resources. The Helpline is available Monday to Friday 9-5 Freephone number 08088 020 021
In regards to support, they have an ongoing telephone support for parents and carers supporting their children, which can offer up to 6 sessions over a period of up to 6 months called the Family Bereavement Support Service.
They have a chat support for young people through their online chat facility. The online chat can be accessed on a Tuesday or Friday through web page https://www.winstonswish.org/online-chat/
To ask a question go to https://www.winstonswish.org/supporting-you/ask-a-question/
To search for local services to you, we would suggest searching the Childhood Bereavement Network by putting your postcode into their search box and the closest local services will be identified. The web page is http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/help-around-a-death/find-help-near-you.aspx