A sudden and traumatic death in your school community – let’s talk about it

March 6, 2018 9:30 am
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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We are pleased to confirm that the conference will be going ahead as planned. We look forward to welcoming delegates to Dundee on 6 March.

This conference is now fully booked – thank you for your interest. If you would like to keep up-to-date with future training in your area, please sign-up to receive our training updates by email.

A sudden or traumatic death within the school community can leave staff and pupils shocked and overwhelmed. This conference is designed to help equip education professionals with key support skills and improve confidence when responding to bereavement.


  • Young people’s mental health and academic resilience
    Judy Furnivall, Consultant CELCIS, University of Strathclyde
  • Supporting pupils following a sudden and traumatic death
    Shirley Potts, North Development Lead, Child Bereavement UK
  • A traumatic death: the response of the school community – a teacher’s perspective
    Helen Quinn, Teacher, St Francis Xavier’s Primary School
  • A bereavement programme for schools
    Dr Sally Paul, Lecturer of Social Work, University of Strathclyde
  • Reacting to a sudden and traumatic death – a parent’s perspective
    Morag Williamson
  • Sudden and traumatic death – a young person’s perspective

Workshop choices include:

  • Workshop 1 – Creative activities for bereaved children and young people
    An opportunity to consider the use of creative activities to engage young people following a bereavement.
  • Workshop 2 – Responding to a death within the school community – how a bereavement policy can help
    An opportunity to develop and enhance a bereavement policy within your school.
  • Workshop 3 – Children’s fears in a daunting world
    This workshop will consider the Child Bereavement UK response in empowering practitioners to understand and support the young people in their care.
  • Workshop 4 – Supporting children with autistic spectrum disorders through bereavement
    Understanding death and bereavement on the autistic spectrum.
  • Workshop 5 – Considering the impact on staff after a death in the school community
    A reflective session to consider ways to support yourself and your peers following a bereavement in your school community.
  • Workshop 6 – Suicide within the school community
    Practical support and guidance to help schools prepare for and recover from a suspected or attempted suicide.

*programme correct at the time of publication and is subject to change

Who should attend?

This conference is designed specifically for professionals working directly in schools and within the education sector as a whole, and is an opportunity to learn directly from bereaved young people and from professionals.

Download our conference programme


Apex City Quay Hotel
1 West Victoria Dock Road


Tickets are just £45 per delegate. Fees for participants include course materials, a CPD certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch.

 We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through the CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant.



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This conference is now fully booked – thank you for your interest. If you would like to keep up-to-date with future training in your area, please sign-up to receive our training updates by email.

For further information, please email the Training Department or call us on 01494 568909.

The conference was expertly planned and executed. The speakers were all excellent, offering a real variety of expertise and perspectives; a perfect blend of the personal, the professional, the anecdotal and the experiential.” 2017 delegate

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