Dear Falmouth University,

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
07949 434 136

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Information Office, Falmouth University

6 Atodiad

 

Dear Mesdames Coan and Damon,

 

Freedom of Information Request FOI00441 - Bereavement Services

 

Thank you for your email of 3^rd July 2019 requesting information about
Bereavement Services.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within twenty working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Information Governance Officer

 

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH

 

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Information Office, Falmouth University

6 Atodiad

 

Dear Mesdames Coan and Damon

 

Freedom of Information Request Ref No: FOI441 – Bereavement Services

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 3 July 2019 where you requested information
about Bereavement Services. We have dealt with this under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

 

 Your 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?”

 

For ease of reference, we have numbered each point, 1 to 7 shown as
follows:

 

1.      Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for
students specific to bereavement? Y/N

2.      Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N

3.      Do you have an institution  wide policy/guidance regarding caring
for students following a bereavement? Y/N

4.      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?

5.      Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering
extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?

6.      How much money did you allocate to counselling and support
services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?

7.      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?”

 

 

 

Our Response:

Request 1: Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for
students specific to bereavement? Y/N

Response 1:

Students going through bereavement are signposted to specialist services,
for example; CRUSE or an NHS commissioned Suicide Liaison Service if
bereaved by suicide. In-house practitioners are registered clinicians,
some of which will have had bereavement training. However, they are not
specialist.

Request 2: Do you offer any support or counselling services for students?
Y/N
Response 2:
Yes. Please refer to the joint Falmouth University and University of
Exeter Student Services Statement of Service. The link is available
[1]here.

Request 3: Do you have an institution  wide policy/guidance regarding
caring for students following a bereavement? Y/N
Response 3:
No. This is not specific to bereavement.

Request 4: 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? Y/N
Response 4:
No.

Request 5: Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering
extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
Response 5:
Details regarding offering extensions to a student’s academic submission
requirements are taken on a case-by-case basis within the framework of an
extenuating circumstances policy, which notes bereavement as a specific
reason for permitting an extension. The link to this policy can be found
[2]here.

Request 6: How much money did you allocate to counselling and support
services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
Response 6:
The University does not hold data on the allocation of resource to
bereavement counselling and support, as there are no specialist
bereavement services.

Request 7: 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?
Response 7:
Not applicable.

 

Appeal Process

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original communication and should be addressed
to: [3][email address] or sent in writing to Peter Cox, Chief Operating
Officer, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Treliever Road, Penryn, TR10
9FE. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House, Water Lane,

Wilmslow, Cheshire

SK9 5AF.

 

If you have any queries, please contact me.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Officer 
 

Falmouth University, Falmouth Campus, Woodlane, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11
4RH 

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