FOI: bereavement services

Poppy Damon made this Freedom of Information request to University of Leeds as part of a batch sent to 499 authorities

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Dear University of Leeds,

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
[Number Removed]

Yours faithfully,

Poppy Damon

Freedom of Information, University of Leeds

Dear Ms Damon

I can confirm receipt of the request below, dated 3 July 2019, 18:41. 

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Freedom of Information, University of Leeds

Dear Poppy

Further to your FOI request, please see the information below:

1. Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students specific to bereavement? All our of Counsellors are qualified and experienced in supporting students following bereavement. Bereavement and loss is an identified clinical specialism in our team, and we offer a therapeutic group annually for students who have lost one or both of their parents.

2. Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Yes (also see answer to Q. 1 above)

3. Do you have an institution wide policy/guidance regarding caring for students following a bereavement? No

4. 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? N/A

5. Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? Students may be granted permission to withdraw temporarily from the University subject to the maximum time limit allowed for the programme of study. A student can apply for extension of time for submission of coursework or deferral of examinations through consideration of their mitigating circumstances. Further information can be found here: https://students.leeds.ac.uk/info/100001...

6. How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)? We don’t allocate our resource in this way, as all the team are able to offer support after bereavement.

I hope this is helpful in resolving your query. If you have any questions about this email, however, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Best wishes,

Lucy Scott

The Secretariat
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University of Leeds
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