FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Shrewsbury 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

Julia Harris,

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Dear Poppy

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request received on 4th July
2019.

 

I can confirm that the College holds the information you are requesting.
Please note that Shrewsbury Sixth Form College no longer exists as a
stand-alone entity and was merged into Shrewsbury Colleges Group in August
2016, so information provided will be for all sites that are part of
Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

 

Regards

Julia

 

 

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Julia Harris

Funding and Compliance Officer

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T 01743 342 454  |  01743 342 342

 

London Road Campus, Shrewsbury College,
Shrewsbury, SY2 6PR

 www.sgc.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Julia Harris,

I believe you have replied to this FOI request but we can't see it.

Would you be able to send it again?

Yours sincerely,

Poppy Damon

Julia Harris,

Dear Poppy

 

Please find below the responses to your questions, as I said in my earlier
email Shrewsbury Sixth Form merged and become Shrewsbury Colleges Group in
August 2016 so the responses cover all sites within the group.

 

Response:

1. Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students

All students are able to access a health and well-being service through
the Student Services team which can be accessed as self-referral or tutor
referral. The  service provides a range of strategies depending upon the
individual circumstances.

 

2. specific to bereavement? Y/N

 We don’t have specialist bereavement counselling within college but we
use referrals to external organisations as appropriate where we have
ensured the service provider is appropriate.

 

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

Yes we provide a range of support activities and a counselling service
which is determined after a triage process.

 

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

No we don’t have a policy, we treat each case individually and create a
bespoke way of working with them to ensure they can be successful in their
college studies.

 

5. 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?

We do not have a bereavement policy.

 

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

Each case would be treated on an individual basis and would consider the
student, the course and the intended destination.

 

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

We don’t allocate an amount to counselling, the Student Services team
provide the range of support activities within their team roles covering
the breadth of Student Services.

 

8.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?

Colleges do not receive any specific  funding for supporting students
mental health and well being.

 

I hope these responses answer your questions. Should you require any
further information or any clarification please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

Regards

Julia

 

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