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Booking is open for the Working in Childhood Bereavement Courses at Level 6 and Level 7, which will run in 2024/25. They are delivered by Hospice UK with Candle Children and Young People’s Bereavement Service, St Christopher’s and accredited by Middlesex University.

Who can apply?

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The programmes are open to people with:

  • experience in working with bereaved children and their families, for example in education, health or social care
  • ability and willingness to participate and learn in face to face and online groups
  • ability to communicate ideas verbally and in writing
  • a degree for admission to the Level 7 course.

Prospective students should have access to a personal computer and email to facilitate communication with course tutors, administrative staff and other students.

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There is no doubt that the Childhood Bereavement Course gave me the experience and academic underpinning that led directly to my role with SeeSaw.

I would not have been able to manage the complex role of director without this training; I am extremely grateful to all involved.

I thoroughly recommend the courses to anyone currently working in the field as well as those looking to move into this important and rewarding work.

Helen Mackinnon, Former Director of SeeSaw

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I cannot overstate how much I gained from the 2014/15 level 5 course. The mix of trainers made every day that I attended truly inspirational.

Working in a room of people who were daily supporting bereaved families gave the most amazing level of peer support and opportunities for professional development. The academic requirements ensured that I developed what was taught in each session by further reading, thanks to excellent guidance from the librarian at St Christopher’s Hospice.

It is now a year since we finished the course and every month I refer back to my notes or essays and I have also contacted some of my ‘study buddies’ for advice and suggestions.

Denise Ozanne, Project worker, The Sunflower Project, Barnardos

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10-year-old Amelia tragically lost both her dad and grandad in quick succession. Play therapy has helped her deal with her experiences of deep grief and bereavement.

Apply now

Apply for a place on the Working in Childhood Bereavement Courses 2024/5.

The deadline for applications has been extended. The new date is 9am Monday 17 June 2024.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an online interview with course tutors. Interviews will be mid June 2024. Interviewees will also be asked to provide details of how they will be funded for the course so you should think about this before the selection day.

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