Education conference: Supporting sudden and traumatic bereavement

March 14, 2019 8:30 am
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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During this conference, we will be exploring the topics of:

  • sudden and traumatic bereavement
  • substance misuse
  • the challenges of providing bereavement support in a rural setting.

About the day

Dawn Allan, NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Conference programme

Supporting suddenly and traumatically bereaved pupils
Ann Rowland, Child Bereavement UK

A school’s experience
We will be joined by representatives from three rural schools who are joining us to speak about how the death of a pupil affected their school, and their local communities.

Stephen Gilby, Richard Rose Academy
Sally Linsley, Warcop Church of England Primary School
Sam Rowan, Appleby Grammar School

Bereaved through substance use
Scott Clements, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business – we all have a role to play
Juliet Gray, Every Life Matters

A young person’s experience
Child Bereavement UK’s conferences always include the voice of bereaved families whose experience is important in helping professionals to understand and meet their needs. We will be joined by a young person from one of our Young Person’s Advisory Group to talk about their experience.

BANG! The creation of a Bereavement Advisory Network Group to develop and advocate for bereavement support for children and young people
Carol Green, Child Bereavement UK
Dr Deb Lee, Designated Consultant Paediatrician for Child Death in Cumbria


We will be holding two workshop sessions during this conference. Please number your workshop preferences upon booking. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Workshop 1: Creative activities for bereaved children and young people

Workshop 2: Responding to a sudden death within a school – how a bereavement policy can help

Workshop 3: Children’s fears in a daunting world

Workshop 4: Postvention – support after suicide

Please note, speakers, sessions and workshops for this conference are subject to change.

Who should attend

This conference is suitable for professionals in the education sector, or those who are involved in the provision of bereavement support to children, young people and their families. Attending this conference will help professionals to build confidence and develop skills when communicating with and supporting grieving children, young people and their families, particularly in relation to a sudden or traumatic bereavement.


Easterbrook Hall
The Crichton
Bankend Road


£65 per person. Fees for participants include course materials, a certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch. We would like to thank The Scottish Government and The Peter Cundill Foundation for supporting this conference.


Book your place

Please book your place online, or if you wish to pay on invoice, please complete and return our conference booking form.

We encourage prospective participants to consider their own experience of loss and how it might affect them during training. Generally speaking, our training is not usually suited to anyone who has suffered a recent, significant personal loss or bereavement.

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

You can also keep up-to-date with this event by visiting our facebook event page.

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