FOI: bereavement services

Poppy Damon made this Freedom of Information request to Long Road Sixth Form College as part of a batch sent to 499 authorities

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Dear Long Road Sixth Form 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, Long Road Sixth Form College

Hi Poppy, Please find the answers below:

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

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

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

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? YES

Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? Flexibility in relation to need. Students can have an extension or re-start of their study programme as appropriate.

How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)? In-house confidential counselling service which students coping with bereavement are directed towards. Money allocated from Jan 2016 - Jan 2019 for this general service over 2 year approx. £60,130 Specific bereavement counselling service is made available and has been accessed without cost from specialist counsellors from CRUSE a charitable organisation.

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? Bereavement often comes after a difficult period of a student living with a parent or sibling or other relative with a chronic or terminal illness. Funding made specific to bereavement would need to take this into account. The impact of a bereavement can come at any point and often presents sometime afterward particularly at point of stress while studying or at transition points. More available funding for college counselling generally would enable in-house counselling to support students with the range of issues around illness and death in families.

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Jason Dear
IT Services Manager & Data Protection Officer

IT Services, Long Road Sixth Form College,
Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 8PX

T: 01223 631100 | Direct: 01223 631230

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