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Traumatic Bereavement: Supporting Children in Early Years Settings

A course developed by the UK Trauma Council designed to help children in their early years cope with their experiences.

About this course

This evidence-based course has been developed by experts from the UK Trauma Council and is delivered by the Clinical Co-Lead of the Traumatic Bereavement resource portfolio.

Traumatic bereavement

Experiencing a bereavement as a child is likely to be difficult no matter what age, but for young children who are in the early stages of making sense of the world, the death of someone can be overwhelming and confusing. The way that the young child then experiences or understands the death - the meaning they make of it - can result in it being experienced as traumatic. The trauma gets in the way of the typical process of grief and blocks the child's ability to process the loss. This can result in difficulties that can be severe and long lasting.

Traumatic bereavement may be easily missed or misunderstood, meaning that young children’s difficulties are not recognised by adults around them. It is vital that these children are identified and given appropriate help and support. 

Aims of this course

  • Understand what traumatic bereavement is and how to recognise young children at risk in the early years

  • Develop confidence in having difficult conversations with parents or caregivers of traumatically bereaved children in the early years

  • Enhance skills in supporting traumatically bereaved young children

  • Know how to support your early years setting's response to a traumatic bereavement

Who is this course for?

This course is for professionals that work with young children from age 2 – 6 years in early years and foundation stage settings.

Beck Ferrari

Beck Ferrari

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practitioner

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