‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ UK Childhood Bereavement Network Conference

logo_cbnHow can we best support grieving children across different cultural backgrounds?

This is the question addressed by the UK Childhood Bereavement Networks one day seminar ‘Cultures of grief: bereavement in young people’s worlds’ which takes place on Thursday May 2nd at the TUC congress Centre, London.

The conference will examine the ways in which culture impacts on children’s grief  and assess the implications of culture for professionals and volunteers  supporting bereaved children and young people taking a wide ranging view examining how grief is represented in music, books, films and social media.

The conference would be beneficial to anyone working directly and indirectly supporting bereaved children in particular those working in the following settings;

  • Bereavement support services
  • adult and children’s hospices
  • palliative care teams
  • children’s and early years organisations
  • schools, colleges and education services
  • Nursing and other health and social care services
  • police and other emergency services
  • other voluntary and statutory childcare organisations
  • faith and community groups supporting bereaved people
  • researchers in death and bereavement, childhood studies, cultural studies

More information on CBN is available HERE and additional details and booking for the conference is available HERE

Dr Richard Hain paediatric palliative care workshop

childrens-medical-research-798393-hRenowned paediatric palliative care practitioner, Dr. Richard Hain of the   Department of Child Health, Cardiff Children’s Hospital will deliver a professional development workshop in children’s palliative care on Thursday February 28th.

The workshop will be hosted by St Francis Hospice Education Centre and is aimed at medical and allied health practitioners working with children with complex life limiting illnesses.

The workshop will address issues such as symptom assessment and pain management as well as psychosocial support and ethical concerns in the delivery of paediatric palliative care.

Further details on the workshop and booking information is available HERE

New network to support bereaved children launched

Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (Picture Fennels)

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 

Irish Hospice Foundation/RCSI Certificate in Children & loss

The Irish Hospice Foundation is now accepting applications for the October intake of its Certificate  in Children and loss. The certificate which runs from October 2010 to April 2011 is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland. Classes which are held in the Irish Hospice Foundation’s Nassau street offices take place on the last Friday of each month with some Thursdays also timetabled (see the course schedule HERE for a list of attendance dates)

The course aims to equip participants with a practical, experiential and theoretical framework for  working with children facing bereavement and loss. Course content includes;

  • Child development theory & loss theory
  • children’s grief in the family context
  • Younger children & adolescents and loss
  • Parental separation & loss
  • Therapeutic interventions with young children
  • Group work with children
  • Working with children experiencing traumatic loss
  • Using creative arts

The course would be of relevance to individuals working in child support both in a professional and non-professional capacity and past pupils have included teachers, social workers, psychologists and nursing professionals. The certificate is approved for 12 CPD credits for members of the Psychological Society of Ireland and an Bord Altranis.

Further details and application forms can be found HERE or by contacting iris.murray@hospice-foundation.ie

National policy on childrens Palliative care launched

Left to right - Eugene Murray CEO Irish Hospice Foundation, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Principle officer DOHC & Barry Andrews TD, Minister of state for children

The first national policy on palliative care for Children was launched by Minister of state for Children and youth affairs Barry Andrews TD at Leinster House on Wednesday (March 24th).

The publication ‘Palliative care for children with life limiting conditions – a national policy’ outlines a national strategy for paediatric palliative care in Ireland. The policy, developed following the joint Irish Hospice Foundation and Department of Health and Children (DOHC) 2005 study ‘Palliative care needs assessment for children’ outlines an initial investment of over 2.5 million by the Irish Hospice Foundation over the next five years for the employment of Ireland’s first paediatric palliative care consultant and five out reach nurses. A further three nurses will be employed by the HSE during phase one. Speaking at the launch Minister Andrews acknowledged the contribution of the Irish Hospice Foundation in getting the policy off the ground adding that  ‘It is very encouraging to see developments such as this, particularly in palliative care services, where we have a solid bond between the statutory and voluntary sectors’ .

The full policy can be downloaded from the DOHC website HERE   and further details of the Irish Hospice Foundations investment in the project can be found HERE