FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Leeds College of Music,

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

Freedom of Information (LCoM), Leeds Conservatoire

Dear Georgia and Poppy

Thank you for your request, we confirm receipt and will respond within 20 working days.

Best wishes, Eleanor

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Freedom of Information (LCoM), Leeds Conservatoire

Dear Georgia and Poppy

Thank you for your request for information about Leeds College of Music. The answers to your questions are as follows:

Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement?
No

Do you offer any support or counselling services for students?
Yes

Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement?
No

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?
N/A

Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement?
We have a Mitigating Circumstances policy which could provide for extensions to deadlines and also offer a process where a student could suspend their studies and return at a mutually agreed time to resume their studies.

How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?
No specific allocation for bereavement counselling or support services.

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?
N/A

This completes the response. 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 this response and should be addressed to: The Principal, Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PD.

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.

Eleanor Moore
Head of Policy and Planning
Leeds College of Music

www.lcm.ac.uk | @leedsmusic

A company limited by guarantee with charitable status, Registered in England and Wales Company number 7596410

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