FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Birmingham Metropolitan 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

Catherine Bennett, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Dear Poppy

Thank you for your request for information dated 3rd July 2019 in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act"). Apologies for the slight delay in replying to you. This is due to the relevant staff members being on annual leave. The College will endeavour to provide its response as soon as possible.

Kind regards.

Catherine Bennett
Information Officer
Company Secretary to Harborne Academy and
Governance Adviser to BMet

Matthew Boulton Campus
Jennens Road
Birmingham
B4 7PS

t: 0121 503 8579
m: 07726 692 717
e: [email address]

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Catherine Bennett, Birmingham Metropolitan College

Dear Poppy

Further to my email to you on 5 August 2019, I write to provide additional information on your request for information in relation to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("the Act") with regards to information about bereavement services dated 3 July 2019.

Firstly, apologies for the significant delay. This is due to the summer break and staffing changes at the College.

Please see the College's response in CAPITALS below.

If you are not satisfied with the above response, please contact me as soon as possible and your complaint will be dealt with in accordance with the College's general complaints procedure. If you remain unsatisfied, you may seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner.

Requests for review should be made in writing to:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 01625 545 700
Website: www.ico.gov.uk

Kind regards.

Catherine Bennett
Information Officer
Matthew Boulton Campus
Jennens Road
Birmingham
B4 7PS

t: 0121 503 8579
m: 07726 692 717
e: [email address]

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Dear Catherine,

No problem, thank you for getting back. For some reason I am unable to see an answer in capitals? It could be because I am using a portal called 'What do they Know' which helps send FOIs to the right teams.

Are you able to forward the response to [email address]

Yours sincerely,

Poppy Damon