FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Shipley 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

Ian Durham, Shipley College

Good morning Poppy.
We'll get back to you within the deadline or sooner if possible.
All the best
Ian

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Ian Durham, Shipley College

Dear Poppy,

Please find below our response to your FOI request in blue text.

All the best

Ian

Dear Shipley 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? 

Support factors in bereavement of other family members, including
siblings.

* Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? 

Wrap around support offered by Student Services, Learning Coaches,
academic staff, external support agency, Children Social Services (if
appropriate), family/carer, etc. A support plan is put in place to ensure
that the student has a structure in place and, as far as possible, is
allowed to continue with “normality”.  However, the student is monitored
and, if appropriate, extension to exams or assessments requested to ensure
that the student is not disadvantaged or penalised from achieving their
best. If a break from learning is required, this is implemented. Dependent
on the student’s mental and physical wellbeing, contact is maintained and
the student supported to complete work from home.

* How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?

No specific money allocated to counselling service as we do not offer a
counselling service to students in College.  If students require
counselling, we make referrals to relevant external agencies or GP
service. However, we have a dedicated Key Worker who is available to offer
support to students who have experienced bereavement.

* 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 am not aware of any specific provision or finance offered by Government
to support students who have experienced bereavement while studying. The
support offered by the College is in line with other situations
encountered by students, such as, physical, mental, emotional or sexual
abuse, grooming, forced marriage, mental illness, etc.

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

On Thu, 4 Jul 2019 at 10:32, Ian Durham <[1][email address]> wrote:

Good morning Poppy.
We'll get back to you within the deadline or sooner if possible.
All the best
Ian

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Dear Ian Durham,

Unfortunately, we can't see the blue text on the website's format.

Could you send it again as a yes or no answer.

Yours sincerely,

Poppy Damon

Ian Durham, Shipley College

I am now on annual leave until Wednesday 7th August 2019 will limited
access to emails. If your query is urgent please contact Reception on
01274 327222 who will be able to direct you to one of my colleagues who
will hopefully be able to help.
 
All the best

Ian

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Ian Durham, Shipley College

Here you go Poppy.
All the best
Ian

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Ian Durham, Shipley College

Hi Poppy,
I've sent another version with Y or N as well as the text.
All the best
Ian

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