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BrakeCare's Road to Recovery Conference 2009 - Supporting Families When Disaster Strikes

3 November 2009

The conference was aimed at Police Family Liaison Officers and aimed to share best practice on working with people bereaved or injured from road crashes. The below minutes represent a summary of each speech. The summary is written in the order speeches were made.

Disclaimer: Brake is not responsible for errors in speeches as transcribed and advises readers to check the validity of any services, ideas or facts contained within speeches with the authors before acting upon their contents.

Setting the scene: the impact of road death and injury

Case study following a bereavement in a road crash
Nicole Taylor, BrakeCare Volunteer

Serious injury following a road crash
Scott Richardson, Limbless Association

Practical issues: considering the options

Bereavement and cultural awareness
Bobby Hopkin-Hoggarth, Regional Manager, Co-operative Funeralcare

What do lawyers actually do and what is the point of them?
Carol Jackson, Partner, Pannone LLP

Organ and tissue donation
David Nix, Chairman and Pauline Weaver, Trustee, The Donor Family Network

Support for families in crisis

Early practical interventions following trauma – what may be helpful and what do people want?
Stephen Regel, Principle Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Centre for Trauma Resilience and Growth

Relationship difficulties following a traumatic bereavement
Alan Penny, Specialist Trauma Therapist, ASSIST Trauma Care

Benefits and debts: practical support when you're bereaved or injured
Sukhy Singh, Operations Manager for Debt, Jane Ballantyne, Macmillan Benefits Team Superviser, CAB Birmingham

Police and voluntary sector family liaison

Implementing the NPIA's Family Liaison Officer Training
Mick Jennings, West Midlands Police and Jeff Goodright, National Training Co-ordinator, NPIA

Beyond the FLO role: voluntary sector support
Cathy Keeler, Deputy Chief Executive, Brake