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In this issue: Bereaved families advise BBC reporters and other news
Child Bereavement UK's families help BBC reporters to 'get it right'

We are pleased to have been invited to advise the BBC on an important piece of work they are undertaking, training their reporters in how to sensitively interview people who have experienced a tragic or traumatic event.
Child Bereavement UK has been consulted on developing media guidelines for reporters and has helped to conduct research amongst bereaved families, as well as harnessing the views on film of young people who have first-hand experience of being interviewed by the media, which will be used in the training.
Jo Healey, who works as a TV reporter as well as managing the project at the BBC, said:
“Two years ago, my bosses at the BBC backed me to research and develop a course for journalists on the sensitive handling of families. It matters that we treat them in the best way that we can. 
“It has been heartening to become aware of the genuine appetite from reporters and camera crews to ‘get it right’ when working with people who have experienced a traumatic event. The contribution from Child Bereavement UK into this work has been invaluable; it is so generous of your bereaved families to be involved and their words are proving insightful, powerful and effective for reporters to hear.”

Finlay (12), was interviewed by BBC South News and appeared on BBC Radio 4’s The Listening Project; Rebecca (18) took part in the BBC documentary Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, and was also interviewed about this for BBC South News. To listen to them talking about their media experiences and giving tips to BBC reporters, click below.

Child Bereavement UK's first residential group for bereaved young people 

A group of Child Bereavement UK’s Youth Ambassadors from our Saunderton, Milton Keynes, Runcorn and Newham bereavement services, met up for a two-day get-together in Buckinghamshire. It was an opportunity for the young people, who are part of our Young People’s Advisory Groups (YPAG), to meet their counterparts across the country. They were also visited by author, Mark Hughes-Jones, who invited them to test a few group activities for his upcoming publication and for them to give him the benefit of their expertise as bereaved young people and group members for his book.
Child Bereavement UK’s Youth Worker, Jackie Grant, said:
“The YPAG residential has been a dream of mine for some time. It was an opportunity for the young people to get together to not feel so isolated in their communities. Both days were filled with testing the activities plus having fun and connecting with others. The young people’s feedback gave me a lot to think about how we can continue to build on the success of our groups. I thank them all so much for attending and being so generous with sharing their stories and ideas.”
Ally, (17) from Runcorn said:
“YPAG has helped me as it is comforting to know you are not alone and you are with people who understand and get you. It allows you all to be like family.”

Back to school?

From dress down days and bake sales, to welly wanging and tombolas, the number of ways in which schools raise funds for Child Bereavement UK are many and varied! With the new school year about to start, we are encouraging even more people to get involved. Perhaps you’re a teacher, or your child attends a local school or community group; whatever your link, please bear us in mind if there is an opportunity to nominate Child Bereavement UK as a beneficiary charity for a fundraising event.
Our regional fundraising team is more than happy to speak with staff and students and can come along to schools to give presentations and assemblies to all ages. For further information please email or call 01494 568 932.

Pictured below: Siblings, Abi (7) and Austin (4) from St Mary’s School in Henley raised a fantastic £90 by taking part in the Little Welly Goes Wild obstacle course. And Jay-Em Studios Dance School hosted a show in aid of Child Bereavement UK in memory of student, Abigail, age 9, who died in 2016.

For professionals
A sudden and traumatic death in your school community - let's talk about it

A sudden or traumatic death within the school community can leave staff and pupils shocked and overwhelmed. Our national schools’ conference is designed to help equip education professionals with key support skills and to improve confidence when responding to bereavement situations in the school community. 

Please click here for further information and to book your place or email us at

13 November 2017
Guildford, Surrey - £75
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