Support in Primary Schools for Parentally Bereaved Children
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The focus of this study is the support which is available in primary school for children who have been parentally bereaved. The study begins with a thematically organised review of literature associated with childhood parental bereavement. Within which, Winston’s Wish (2009) suggests that 24,000 children suffer the death of a parent every year in the UK and Fauth et al (2009, Cited: Akerman and Statham 2011) estimate that 3.8% of children aged 5- 16 had experienced the death of a parent or sibling. Research led by Holland (2008) states that there has become a growing level of awareness of the impact that bereavement can have on young children. However the appropriate support that is required is all still very much in contention. The study has collected data from 6 primary school practitioners, from 3 settings. The methods used were; semi-structured interviews and analysis of documentary evidence. Findings from the study indicated that inadequate training has resulted in practitioners lacking confidence in dealing with bereavement. Results from the study suggest that each bereavement is different and requires an ad hoc approach which allows the support to be tailored to the individual. The study highlights that although training is important to give the practitioners knowledge and confidence it does not necessarily need to be bereavement specific as the subject straddles many aspects of the curriculum.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Education Studies and Early Years
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