How can a school support the family and/or carers of a bereaved pupil?

Bereaved families may look to school for help and guidance when someone has died.

  • Grieving adults can sometimes struggle to support young people and manage their own grief.
  • Sharing information with families and carers can be very welcome.
  • Building and maintaining good relationships with a bereaved pupil’s family and/or carers means that information and support can be shared between home and school.
  • It can be helpful to signpost to support organisations, where necessary.

If there are safeguarding or risk issues, refer to the school policy on what action to take.