FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Peter Symonds 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

Peter Symonds College

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Nick Allen, Peter Symonds College

Dear Georgia and Poppy
In response to your freedom of information request:
* Our counselling Service does see students who are affected by a
bereavement. This is not a specific service in house, but our
counsellors are trained and experienced in dealing with bereavement. We
can, and do, refer to specialist agencies externally where appropriate.
* Yes, we offer a range of support services, as well as a Counselling
Service.
* There is not guidance specifically about support following bereavement,
but staff would be expected to follow the usual college structures as
appropriate for an individual student encountering difficulties.
* All forms of bereavement would be covered. Students typically lose
grandparents during their time with us, but would include parents,
siblings, family members, friends, fellow members of college community
etc.
* Academic breaks would depend on the length. If necessary a repeat of the
year would be possible.
* We don't break down costs for services per "issue" brought, so couldn't
say how much we spend supporting students who have had a bereavement.
* We're not offered anything from the government in this respect
Best regards
Nick
>>> Poppy Damon <[FOI #586749 email]> 03/07/2019
18:35 >>>
Dear Peter Symonds 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
[Number Removed]
Yours faithfully,
Poppy Damon
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