FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Esher College,

I am e-mailing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any questions or need clarification to complete my request, I would be grateful if you could contact me prior to the deadline of 20 working days from receiving my request.

I’m looking for information regarding the bereavement services which are available in your university or college. Please could you answer the following:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? Y/N
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?

I understand that under the Act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm via e-mail that you have received this request.

Regards,
Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
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Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Daniel Loughlin, Esher College

College Reference: FOI-0719-1

Dear Poppy,

Thank you for your email which was received by the College on 3rd July 2019, requesting information about our bereavement services.

Please find the requested information below:

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students +specific to bereavement? Y/N
We have a counselling service, which would be appropriate for students who have suffered a bereavement.

+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N
Counselling Service, Mental Health Adviser, College Nurses and Personal Tutor system.

+Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy but not a bespoke policy for such a specific circumstance.

+Do your policies or practices exclusively relate to support for students who have lost parents or does your support factor in other forms of bereavement, such as losing a sibling?
Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures make direct reference to students who have suffered a bereavement.

+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
Reasonable adjustments will be made on a case by case basis.

+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
The below figures are in relation to counselling and nursing costs:

2015/16: £105,213.61
2016/17: £88,049.02
2017/18: £99,250.61
2018/19: Unavailable at present as the year has not ended

+If you feel you would like to offer an opinion, would you say your institution feels you are offered enough from the Government in order to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying?
No comment

For further information on the college FOI policies and procedures, please see our website: https://www.esher.ac.uk/the-college/usef...

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Loughlin
IT Director

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www.esher.ac.uk

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