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SeeSaw welcomes contact from professionals working with bereaved children or young people who would like to know more about how best to provide support. We regularly work with professionals from health, social care, child and adolescent mental health services, police officers, youth offending teams, and those working in children and young people’s services.

Some professionals will have received training in child bereavement but, for others, the first encounter with a bereaved child leaves them feeling anxious or unprepared. We are here to help – just call us.

We believe that the best person to work with a young person is the one who knows them best. This is why our support is always aimed at helping professionals feel confident in their work and to give ongoing opportunities to talk through concerns with someone who understands child bereavement.

We do not take referrals directly from professionals as we believe it is really important for a family to make contact with us to ask for support at the time that is right for them. We are always ready to talk with you about suggesting to families that they get in touch with us to ensure their support needs fall within our remit. 

If you are working with a family with complex needs, or those who may not feel able to pick up the phone due to language difficulties or learning disabilities, please do get in touch. We can work around these situations to enable appropriate support can be put in place.

Telephone consultations

Professionals from many different backgrounds come into contact with young people who have been bereaved. We regularly talk with professionals from health, social care, police, youth offending, child and adolescent mental health services, and other voluntary organisations. These conversations often lead to families calling for our support.

We also provide on-going advice and guidance when other professionals already have a good working relationship with children and young people and want some ideas of how to work with any bereavement issues. 

What we can offer:

  • Consultation about the particular child’s bereavement needs.
  • On-going contact with a member of SeeSaw’s clinical team who knows the case.
  • Face-to-face meetings at our office to look at resources and ideas for activities.
  • Training for individuals or groups within a professional organisation.
  • SeeSaw attendance at multi-disciplinary meetings to consider how bereavement needs may be met in the context of the team around the child.
  • Partnership working.

John Radcliffe Hospital Rapid Response Team for deaths under 18. SeeSaw is called on for these meetings within 48 hours of a child death to be part of the planning for bereavement support for those impacted by a death. 

SeeSaw sits on the Child Death Overview Panel and liaises with professionals working with children and young people throughout Oxfordshire.

SeeSaw works closely with the Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network to develop a strategy for working with young people bereaved through suicide.

Training for professionals

SeeSaw can provide training for individuals and groups and we contribute to conferences and training days in Oxfordshire.

Any training will be tailored to your needs and can be delivered at the SeeSaw office or in your workplace.

If you would like training for your team in any of the following areas, please call us to discuss your requirements:

  • Bereavement and pre-school children
  • Working with bereaved primary children
  • Teenagers and bereavement
  • Traumatic deaths
  • Bereavement in the context of social care 
  • Supporting children when a parent or sibling is dying    

Clinical partnerships

We welcome opportunities to work in partnership with other charities as well as local government to bring about changes that improve the lives and outcomes for bereaved children. Here are some of the charities and organisations that we are working with in 2016:

  • Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group provides a grant to help towards our grief support costs.
  • Sobell House Hospice Charity gives an annual grant towards our service for children when a parent is dying.
  • Rapid Response Team at the John Radcliffe Hospital – SeeSaw is notified following the death of a young person under 18 to consider bereavement support needs.
  • Child Death Overview Panel – SeeSaw sits on this regular review panel for deaths under 18.
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention Network.
  • Oxfordshire Bereavement Alliance.
  • Oxford Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA).
  • Childhood Bereavement Network – SeeSaw is a member of this national association of child bereavement charities