FOI: bereavement services

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Dear King Edward VI College, Nuneaton,

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

Lee Sands,

Hi Poppy,

Firstly let me apologise for this response being later than it should be. Most of the college staff are off over the summer so there was no-one here to deal with your request.

Please find answers to your questions below:

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

No, although our qualified Counsellors are not specific to bereavement / Grief Counselling they are able to offer a non-directive, supportive, safe and empathic space/relationship to bereaved clients who have experienced loss.
We also sign post clients to relevant bereavement counselling: Cruse, Marie curie etc.

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

Our sixth form College has its own team of qualified Counsellors

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

Students are able to access counselling and other forms support at the college

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?

Students are able to access counselling and other forms support at the college

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

Each individual accessing the Counselling Provision at the college is reviewed every 6 sessions to ensure that the client is focussed on their process/progress and to ensure that they are in a safe place. By putting a review in place it can also prevent a client from becoming dependant on support.
Unfortunately the college only offers a Counselling service during term time but can / does however sign post clients to external agencies and provides individuals with a list of help line numbers.

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

We are unable to separate out costings to that level.

+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 trust this satisfies your request under the freedom of information act.

Regards

Lee Sands

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