What can SeeSaw offer?
What can SeeSaw do?
- Offer telephone consultations to any parent or professional who is concerned about a bereaved child.
- Offer home visits to families to assess their needs and talk about ways in which SeeSaw might be able to help.
- Provide tailored individual support for children and young people when needed. This often involves one-to-one sessions with a support worker and takes place where the child is most comfortable – in their own home.
- Provide specialist support to families and professionals when a parent or sibling is dying.
- Arrange family events and activity days which enable children, young people and their families to meet together in a fun and relaxed way.
- Provide information and training to school staff when they are supporting a bereaved child in the classroom or managing a death in the school community.
- Provide training, consultancy and resources to professionals working with bereaved children and young people.
About our service
- We provide a rapid response to requests for advice and support.
- We provide support when needed – no waiting list.
- There is no charge for our services.
- We support families after any cause of death – whether it is sudden or expected, or due to illness or accident.
- We also support families following bereavement through suicide, murder or manslaughter.
- Our most recent publication is 'What happens when someone dies? – a guide for adults talking with children about funerals.This is available through SeeSaw.
How to ask for our support
Families are encouraged to call SeeSaw themselves to explain their personal situation. This may be followed by a home visit from a member of our clinical team to explore the family’s needs and think about how we can give the support that is needed. Although we work directly with young people, we don't take referrals from young people themselves.
Professionals can also contact us to discuss their own work in supporting bereaved children and young people.