Last chance to book - Cardiff child bereavement seminar
Our latest Supporting suddenly bereaved children and young people seminar will be held in Cardiff on 2 May, and offers a great opportunity for professionals to develop their skills and knowledge in helping children cope and recover from sudden bereavement.
Speakers at the event will discuss the impact that sudden bereavement can have on children, and provide insights and guidance on how to best support bereaved young people.
Child funeral costs: The UK government has announced that child funeral costs will be abolished in England, from summer 2019. Parents struggling to fund the burial or cremation costs for children aged under 18 will now have the fees covered by a new Children's Funeral Fund. This move follows the abolishment of child funeral fees in Wales, in November 2017. Read more.
Parental bereavement: A new review has considered the effectiveness of interventions in reducing parental trauma and stress, in neonatal intensive care. Read more.
Suicide bereavement: New research has considered the personal and professional impact that the suicide of a service user can have on mental health professionals. Read more.
Child bereavement figures
Figures released by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal that an estimated 7,000 children every year in England and Wales could experience maternal bereavement by the age of 16.
Figures on paternal bereavement are less clear, but the ONS has estimated that this number could be around twice as high as the figure for mothers. The ONS plan to use the findings to shape future work, exploring the challenges that bereaved children and young people may face.
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