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FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Southampton,

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

Liz Lee, Richard Taunton Sixth Form College, Southampton

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Dear Georgia and Poppy

Please forgive the tardiness of this response - we have been on leave and
unable to answer your query sooner.

Here are our responses to your questions:

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 - we
have a RELATE counsellor one day a week; plus an emotional well-being
officer (trained by No Limits) and members of our welfare team are mental
health first aid trained

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? No

Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions
and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? We would take each case
separately, discussing with the student and their parent/guardian/carer
what their needs might be and how long they might require to be off for.

How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for
bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)? None specifically for this
purpose.

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? We are
offered nothing by the government for this purpose.

Yours

Liz Lee

Liz Lee​
Head of College
Richard Taunton Sixth Form College
Hill Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, SO15 5RL
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