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Services for Bereaved Children
27 Apr 2011
Joined-up provision from care to counselling. National Conference. Held at Westminster Studio, London SW1

Headline Speakers

Bereavement services are moving up the political agenda, with the Palliative Care Review bringing funding changes for end-of-life and bereavement services in 2011. The Review’s interim report stresses the need for better integration of health and social care services, echoing the End of Life Care Strategy’s statement that care does not stop at the point of death.

This conference focused on how the needs of bereaved children can be met through joined-up thinking from hospices and hospitals, schools, local authorities and community and voluntary organisations.

David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Child Bereavement and Trauma Service (CHUMS)
Welcome and introduction from Conference Chair

Professor Sir Alan Craft, Review Advisor, Palliative Care Funding Review
Update from the Palliative Care Funding Review

Ann Rowland, Director of Bereavement Services, Child Bereavement Charity
From end-of-life care to bereavement support: providing joined-up services

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Roundtable 1: Good grief: an emotionally intelligent approach to grieving
Facilitator: Shelley Gilbert, Chief Executive Officer, Grief Encounter Project

Roundtable 2: Gaining community support and involvement
David Strudley, Chief Executive, Acorns Children's Hospice

Rountable 3: The role of schools in supporting children facing loss and change
Facilitator: Mary Collins, Principal Educational Psychologist, Sheffield City Council

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
Julie Stokes OBE, Consultant Clinical Psychologist; Founder and Clinical Director, Winston’s Wish
Working together to support the most vulnerable children

Dr Ana Draper, Macmillan Consultant Systemic Psycholtherapist
Delinquency and parental loss: addressing the needs of troubled children

Erica Brown, Principal Lecturer, University of Worcester; Vice President, Acorns Children's Hospices
The role of cultures and beliefs in the grieving process

Questions and discussion: Session 3
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
Roundtable 4: Recruiting and retaining volunteers
Debbie Kerslake, Chief Executive, Cruse Bereavement Care Alison Thompson, Service and Development Manager for Children and Young People, Cruse Bereavement Care

Roundtable 5: Supporting children with special educational needs and autism spectrum disorders
Facilitator: Ann Rowland, Director of Bereavement Services, Child Bereavement Charity

Roundtable 6: Supporting children bereaved through sudden and unexpected death
Facilitator: Dr Robert Ross Russell, Consultant in Paediatric Intensive Care and Respiratory Paediatrics, Addenbrooke's Hospital