CHILD BEREAVEMENT UK
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals, both when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying and when a child is facing bereavement.
When a precious baby or child dies, or a child is bereaved, lives are shattered
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals, both when a baby or child of any age dies, or is dying and when a child is facing bereavement.
In the UK, when a baby or child dies, or a child is bereaved, many of those affected are unable to access good quality support which meets their individual needs. Child Bereavement UK’s vision is for all families to have the support they need to rebuild their lives, when a child grieves or when a child dies.
We aim to ensure the accessibility of high-quality child bereavement support and information to all families and professionals by increasing our reach; plugging the gaps that exist in bereavement support and training across the country; and embedding standards in the sector. Since the charity began in 1994, we have trained more than 100,000 professionals, helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
Why support is needed
1 in 29 school children have been bereaved of a parent or sibling - that’s a child in every class.
7653 babies, children and young people (under the age of 18), died in 2017 – that’s 21 every day.
A parent of children under the age of 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK, leaving 111 children bereaved of a parent every day.
What we offer
Child Bereavement UK provides a national helpline for families and professionals and a website with downloadable resources, containing information and guidance on a range of bereavement issues.
We offer a range of support services free of charge to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers and families at locations across the UK including Glasgow, Cumbria, Cheshire, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and East and West London.
Child Bereavement UK is also recognised as the leading provider of training for professionals, working with bereaved families across the UK.
The difference support makes
“Child Bereavement UK made our grief easier to deal with. We are stronger now and we know the charity is there for as long as we need it.”
Jennie and Grace were supported when their baby daughter died during pregnancy.
“I always used to cry about my Daddy dying but since coming to Child Bereavement UK, I feel happier than I used to be.“
After his father died suddenly, Ben (9) attended family support groups in Milton Keynes with his mum, Alicia, and sister, Vanessa (3).
“I was really alone; I didn’t speak much to anyone – I just wanted to be by myself. Child Bereavement UK helped me to talk about what happened without getting upset.”
Seamus (15) attended Child Bereavement UK’s group for bereaved young people in Cheshire, after the death of his mother.
The impact of our work
Last year Child Bereavement UK helped more families than ever before:
Providing face-to-face support for 3,002 children, young people and adults, including 171 from the Grenfell community
Training 9,806 professionals to ensure families receive the best possible care and working with schools to help ensure bereaved pupils get the support they need
Responding to 6,276 enquiries to our national helpline, from families and professionals