FOI: bereavement services

Poppy Damon made this Freedom of Information request to Writtle University College as part of a batch sent to 500 authorities

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Dear Writtle University 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

Vice Chancellor - Writtle University College, Writtle University College

Dear Poppy,

 

Please find below our response in relation to you Freedom of Information
Request.

 

+Do you offer special provisions for counselling services for students

We do offer a counselling service for students

 

+specific to bereavement? Y/N

Not in house - we would signpost and refer externally for specialist
help/support

 

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

We offer counselling and welfare/wellbeing services

 

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

No but effective welfare and wellbeing services and pastoral support
infrastructure and systems are in place

 

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 specific policies - support services would be on offer for all forms of
bereavement

 

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

Extenuating circumstances could be applied for; intermittence of studies
(as appropriate)

 

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

No specific services or ring fenced pot.

 

+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?

-

 

Kind regards

 

Alison Beckwith

PA to the Vice Chancellor Office

Writtle University College

Lordship Road, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex. CM1 3RR

 

T: 01245 424200 Ext 25640

E: [email address]

W: www.writtle.ac.uk

 

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