OVPS staff take part in child bereavement counselling sessions
Four staff members have taken part in special training sessions on how to support children with bereavement.
The session, the first of its kind in the Trust, was run by charity Winston’s Wish. It took place online.
Principal Emma Goodwin said: ‘The training was an introduction to childhood bereavement, especially with regards to Covid-19. It was designed to give us more confidence in dealing with bereaved children who are coping with the loss of grandparents, parents or significant people in their lives. It was attended by colleagues from all Trust primary schools and signposted us to further resources and help if we need it.
‘The trainer talked about bereavement, the usual reactions of grief, how it affects the children in their schooling and what support we can give as staff as we are part of their lives and spend a lot of time with them. It was a great insight into such an important and sensitive topic.’