Bereavement and Depression & Anxiety
Losing someone can be a difficult time for all involved and can be especially difficult for a child, who may question whether it was their fault or feel that they never got to say goodbye. A child's response to death can be based on:
- How close they were to that person.
- Whether the death was expected.
- The child's age and level of understanding.
- The circumstances of the death.
- How the news of the death is conveyed to them.
Talking to a child can help them grieve and feel less isolated, but sometimes children may not cope very well with a loss. There are a number of indicators to look for:
- Voicing worries about safety, others getting sick, or dying.
- Wishing to be with the deceased.
- Mentioning night time dreams about the deceased.
- Withdrawing from friends and their environment.
- Self destructive behaviour.
- Dramatic change in personality or functioning over a period of time.
If a child is grieving for the loss of someone close, but is coping, please inform the school so that key staff are aware of the situation You can contact our Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222. If a child appears not to be coping you can inform the school and we may refer them to the School Counsellor or to Youth Start.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Child Bereavement UK
You can telephone the Parent Helpline on 0808 802 5544
Depression & Anxiety
It is estimated that 1 in 4 of us will suffer with mental health problems at some point in our lives. This can be as a result of issues around work, money, bereavement and relationships. A child’s mental health can be affected just as easily as our own and it’s important to recognise this. The indicators of mental health issues are complex, but you may notice the following:
- Withdrawn behaviour
- Lack of motivation.
- Showing no interest in hobbies
- Stopping associating with friends
- Spending time in bed
- Negative changes in personality
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty remembering things
- Irritable / impatient
- Difficulty concentrating
- Restless / agitated
If you are concerned about a child’s mental health, inform the school's Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222. Once you have informed the school of your concerns, the following can be looked at in order to best support a child.
- Referral to School Counsellor
- Referral to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
- Referral to the School Nurse
- Referral to Y Start
- Group work and 1 to 1 with work on self-esteem
Further information can be found at