Up to 70% of schools have a bereaved pupil on their role at any given time. One study found that 92% of young people will experience a "significant" bereavement before the age of 16 years.
With the right help and support, most of these children will not need professional help. What they do need is the understanding of a familiar and trusted adult. Schools are well placed to assist.
Below are some useful websites to support schools when dealing with bereavement.
Child Bereavement Charity - www.childbereavement.org.uk
Childline - www.childline.org.uk
Winston’s Wish - www.winstonswish.org.uk
Go 4 It BBC Radio 4 - www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/gfi/bestbits/bereavement.shtml