The Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) was launched yesterday (July 24th) by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald.
The network, inspired by the UK’s Childhood Bereavement Network (cbn) aims to act as a hub for professionals and organisations working to support bereaved children and young people.
The establishment of the network follows a scoping study commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation and funded by the Family Support Agency, conducted by Dr Kathy Mc Loughlin. The study found that while good services for bereaved children exist there are geographic gaps to be met and that professionals working in children’s bereavement support would benefit from the facility to share knowledge and information.
Professionals interested in joining the ICBN are invited to subscribe to the ICBN blog HERE for updates and developments
For further background on the network you can listen to an interview with Irish Hospice Foundation Bereavement Services Manager Dr Susan Delaney HERE