Dealing with a child who has had someone close to them die may be a difficult aspect of working life. Many professionals do not receive any training on how to deal with such issues.

The Service is able to run training courses to suit the needs of any group and has experience of teaching nurses, teachers and other school staff, voluntary agencies and others who may face child bereavement issues in their work. Such training is aimed at offering a clearer understanding of the grief process and how it may affect children and looks at ways of supporting bereaved children and their families.

Two-hour overview of ‘Children, Loss and Grief’

  • To introduce CHUMS and referral pathways
  • To consider the possible implications of not providing bereavement support for children and young people who require it
  • To consider appropriate levels of training

These sessions are available to be booked to suit. For schools, they are often delivered on ‘Inset’ trainings days or as ‘twilight’ sessions.

Introductory Awareness Day – ‘Children, Loss and Grief’.

An experiential training day that explores:

  • Our own attitudes towards death and dying
  • Our own coping strategies how grief affects children and young people and their families
  • Exploring practical ways to offer support
  • Sharing ideas and resources
  • Death and the National Curriculum in schools
  • Policies and guidelines
  • CHUMS and the support available

See our upcoming Introductory day’s

Currently we offer five Introductory Awareness Days throughout the academic year. They have a generic format. If you require to train more than four members of staff you may wish to consider hosting a day at your own venue which gives you the opportunity to select from a range of modules in the afternoon session that may be more specific to your needs. For example:- ‘Grief and the 0-5 years’ ; ‘School Policies and Guidelines’.

Intermediate Two-Day Course.

An experiential training day that explores:

  • Impact of bereavement on ‘wider family’
  • Communication and listening skills
  • An introduction to practical activities

Currently we offer two Intermediate Two-Day Courses during the academic year. Please note that delegates need to have attended an Introductory Awareness Day to be eligible for this course.


We are continually developing our training and plan to offer an integrated modular system to enable a progressive personal and professional development pathway. They will vary in duration – nominally from a half day, up to two full days maximum.

  • 0-5’s
  • Teenagers
  • Creative Arts interventions
  • One to one Skills Training
  • Facilitating Groups
  • Enhanced Communication Skills
  • Supporting children on ‘One to One’ basis
  • Special Needs
  • Suicide
  • Understanding Traumatic Bereavement – { Introductory level }
  • Sudden Death & Trauma – { Advanced level }
  • School Policies & Guidelines + National Curriculum + PHSE pre-bereavement.

Our training courses are suitable for Teaching staff, Learning mentors, T.A.’s, Family Workers, Education Welfare Officers, Children’s Centre workers, Health-care Professionals (Psychologists, Nurses), Health Visitors, Social Workers, Social Services employees, Foster-carers, Youth Workers, Church groups, Scouts, Guides etc., and anyone else working with children.

Visit our upcomming training page to see our years training programmes or if you would like to arrange a bespoke training session, please contact the service to discuss your requirements.

Training courses can be run on your own premises and teaching is carried out by highly experienced professionals with many years of experience in child bereavement issues.


For further information or a booking form please contact Denise at CHUMS on 01525 863924.

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