Child Bereavement UK is pleased to have been appointed to provide a new service at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow. The service will offer bereavement support to parents facing or following the death of their baby or child. It will also provide training for hospital staff to improve their skills in caring for parents and siblings of a dying child, as well as offering support to staff who are affected by the death of a child within the maternity, paediatric, neonatal and A&E environments.
Child Bereavement UK, which has been supporting bereaved families and training professionals for 23 years, was awarded the three-year contract by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) to deliver the new service, funded by Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity.
In addition to its national helpline, Child Bereavement UK offers face-to-face bereavement support in various locations across the UK. The charity also established a new service in 2016 in Maryhill, Glasgow, with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, offering direct support to children, young people and their families, as well as advice and guidance to schools and other professionals.
Ann Chalmers, Chief Executive of Child Bereavement UK, said:
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHSGGC and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity to ensure that all hospital staff have the skills, knowledge and support they need to meet the needs of bereaved families, and that those families receive the best possible support and care through what will undoubtedly be one of the most difficult times in their lives following the death of their precious baby or child.”
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Notes for Editors
Child Bereavement UK supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement. Every year we train more than 8000 health professionals helping them to better understand and meet the needs of grieving families.
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 believes all families should have the support they need to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. Our aim is to make sure they do.
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