FOI: bereavement services

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

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Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear Cornwall 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

FOI, Cornwall College

Dear Poppy

Thank you for your email of 3rd July requesting the following information.

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

If you have any queries about this request, do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Polly Pairman-Phillips
Freedom of Information Administrator,
On behalf of The Cornwall College Group
[Cornwall College request email]

FOI, Cornwall College

Good afternoon Poppy

 

Please see below our responses in green to your FOI request to Cornwall
College.

 

 1. Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students
specific to bereavement:    YES
 2. Do you offer any support or counselling services for students:     YES
 3. Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for
students following a bereavement?                 YES
 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?

·         Our guidance and practice covers all bereavement.

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

·         The pastoral and welfare support staff would support students to
continue with their attendance and studies. However, there would be
options to suspend studies, apply for extenuating circumstances and adopt
flexible study arrangements according to their needs.

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

·         Circa £ 350,000

 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?    No Comment.

 

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 request and should be addressed to:

FOI – Internal Review, Cornwall College Head Office, Tregonissey Road, St
Austell PL25 4DJ

 

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 about this request, please do not hesitate to
contact me.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Polly Pairman-Phillips

Freedom of Information Administrator,

The Cornwall College Group

[email address]