By the age of 16, around 1 in 20 young people will have experienced the death of one or both of their parentsParsons, S (2011) Long-term Impact of Childhood Bereavement: Preliminary Analysis of the 1970
British Cohort Study (BCS70). London: Child Well-being Research Centre.
Death remains a much under-discussed topic in many schools, communities and families - yet we will all die. It is often considered morbid or unhealthy to dwell upon the subject of death – but this leaves us and our children ill prepared for bereavement when it inevitably arrives.
Bereavement, the death of a loved one, can be the single most shocking and profound experience of a child’s life. It can radically undermine the child’s sense of security and bring much anxiety and fear, which if left unchecked, can resonate painfully throughout life. Bereavement needs space, care and time.
The Drama Therapy Space provides bespoke and experiential training drawing from the playful and embodied world of dramatherapy. Strategies and techniques will be offered to meet the needs of bereaved children. Reflective discussion provides opportunities for staff to share their own experiences too, which ensures the training is a personal and deeply enriching process.
Staff training is run by Andrew Royle a fully qualified and experienced dramatherapist, whom has worked for many years with bereaved children, their families and schools. Andrew was bereaved himself, at the age of 13 and draws from his own experience. Andrew is a state registered dramatherapist, with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC)
For more information on Staff Training on Supporting Bereaved Children, please download the supporting document - DTS Bereavement Training.docx