FOI: bereavement services

Poppy Damon made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Basingstoke College of Technology as part of a batch sent to 500 authorities

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Dear Basingstoke College of Technology,

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.

Georgia Coan + Poppy Damon
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Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Freedom of Information, Basingstoke College of Technology

Good afternoon Poppy

Please find below the answers to your questions:

1 Yes - Counselling would be tailored specifically around bereavement
2 Yes
3 No
4 No - we do not have specific bereavement policies, however any student who accesses the counselling services would received counselling tailored to any type of loss.
5 Dealt with on a case by case basis, depending on what is felt appropriate for the individual.
6 Unable to separate this out from the main counselling budget. There is also only a single full time councillor in post and I am therefore unwilling to reveal their salary.

Kind regards


Greg Devereux-Cooke
Head of Information Services & Exams
Basingstoke College of Technology

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