FOI: bereavement services

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Dear Varndean 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

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Please find attached our responses:

 +Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students
specific to bereavement? N but we do have a trauma and loss therapist
+Do you offer any support or counselling services for students? Y
+Do you have an institution  wide policy/guidance regarding caring for
students following a bereavement? 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? YES
+Can you tell me what special provision you have for offering extensions
and academic breaks in study after a bereavement? We do this on a case by
case basis.
+How much money did you allocate to counselling and support services for
bereavement per year (Jan 2016-Jan 2019)? Hard to separate this as we do
not keep a separate fund. However, we have two counsellors and a mental
health practitioner, 5 well being workers offering 11 slots of well ebing
support and we have recently trained 18 Mental Health First AIders. 
+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? We do
not receive any funding to support students emotional well being. As a
college we choose to invest in this as our ethical duty. However, it is
cross subsidised by other funds for other purposes e.g. staff costs/ pay
awards etc. 

From: Poppy Damon <[1][FOI #586931 email]>
Date: Thu, 18 Jul 2019 at 13:53
Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI: bereavement services
To: FOI requests at Varndean College <[2][Varndean College request email]>

Dear Varndean 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:

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

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