FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Bishop Burton 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

Damien Blackburn, Bishop Burton College

Dear Georgia Coan / Poppy Damon

 

Please see our responses to your request below.

 

Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students
specific to bereavement? Y/N   Yes – qualified counsellors available

Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y/N  Yes –
qualified counsellors available

Do you have an institution  wide policy/guidance regarding caring for
students following a bereavement? Y/N Not a specific one for bereavement

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? - Support is provided on
an individual basis alongside and in line with any conditions/mitigation
identified through the validating University or awarding body.

How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for
bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)?  Counselling costs last year
equated to £30k.  This is not just for bereavement.  In addition to the
investment for counsellors there are salaries attached to those staff
directly supporting students in this situation – Chaplain, Health and
Welfare Officer. Student services manager etc….

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?  N/A

Regards

 

Damien Blackburn

 

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