Bereavement and Loss Therapy Support for Children and Adolescents

** Important information for current clients and new referrals **

Temporary changes to Harlington Hospice Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service (CABS) – Covid 19

After careful consideration of the current situation regarding the Coronavirus - Covid 19 pandemic, and keeping in line with Government Guidance, we have made the decision to temporarily make changes to the current Harlington Hospice ‘Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service’. This will include face-to-face individual, family and group sessions.

During this period we will endeavour to provide bereavement support to children, young people and their families/carers through telephone or video sessions. Families who were already being supported by our team will continue to access therapy support by telephone/video if they choose to do so.

We appreciate that CORVID-19 is causing a lot of anxiety and would like to reassure you that during these challenging times, we are committed to doing the best we can to support families so they can access information and therapeutic support.

If you need further information about the changes to our service please contact the Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service Manager at the following email address: [email protected]

Here are some useful links on how to speak to your child about Corvid-19 Virus please follow the links below: · www.cruse.org.uk/coronavirus/children-and-young-people

www.winstonswish.org/coronavirus-supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people/


Bereavement and Loss Specialist Support for Children and Adolescents

Child and Adolescent Bereavement:

‘Children's reactions to bereavement are affected by many factors. These may be to do with who has died, how they died, what their relationship was with the person, how the family expresses their feelings and communicates, what other things are going on at the same time and whether their school and home community are supportive. Important factors will include the child or young person's age and their understanding of what has happened, and whether they are naturally quite resilient or quite anxious’. (Child Bereavement Network - UK)

Many children and young people will experience the loss of someone close to them before the age of 18, such as; a parent, carer, sibling, grandparent, friend, teacher or community member.

At the Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service (CABS) at Harlington Hospice, we understand that children and young people express their emotions around grief in loss in many different ways that can seem uncharacteristic or worrying for family members. This may take the form of appearing to be coping fine or presenting with changeable behaviours such as sadness, anger, night terrors, anxiety, guilt, physical pain, or difficulties concentrating or attending school.

The team:

The Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service provide specialist bereavement therapy, which addresses the social and emotional needs of bereaved children, young people and their families/carers. Our Creative Arts Therapists are fully qualified Health and Care Profession Council (HCPC) registered professionals with a Master's Degree in Art Psychotherapy and specialist training in bereavement support.

What do we offer?

We offer Creative Arts Therapy support to children and young people aged 4–17 years and their families, who live South of the London Borough of Hillingdon. This service is available to those who have experienced

bereavement or have someone close to them with a life-limiting illness. We offer the following:

· 1:1 Individual art therapy sessions

· Groups sessions according to age group

· Family sessions

The service is holistic in helping children and adolescents through the grieving process whilst; nurturing positive relationships, fostering resilience, self-esteem and emotional well-being.

How can Art Therapy help?

Art Therapy uses art materials that can help express feelings of grief and loss that are often too difficult to put into words. The artwork created in the sessions provides a focus for discussion with the art therapist. The Art Therapist provides a selection of art materials such as paints, pencils, clay, collage and coloured pastels to use. Art therapy is especially helpful with reducing feelings of anxiety and isolation, making sense of traumatic experiences and creating precious memories of their deceased loved ones.

How to make a referral:

We accept referrals from schools, healthcare professionals, parents and carers. Young people aged 16 and over can self-refer. If you would like to make a referral, please use this form: Child and Adolescent Bereavement Service Referral Form

We respond to all referrals made within 2 working days and arrange to speak with you for a telephone assessment within 2 weeks from the date of accepting the referral. Referrals are added to the CABS waiting list and we aim to schedule individual or groups sessions within 3 months from the assessment date.

Please be aware that we are not an immediate crisis service but we can offer advice and signposting to appropriate services if you feel a child or young person is in need of urgent help. Please click here for more information on bereavement and safeguarding resources.

For more information call: 0300 365 3300 Or email: [email protected]

For more information please see our National Services Bereavement Support for Children and Adolescents

The children’s service is supported by The Hillingdon Community Trust and our core funding is provided by Heathrow Airport Limited and BBC Children In Need.