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Child Bereavement Service Belfast

Barnardo’s Child Bereavement Service

Young boy and woman together outdoors, image copyright of Barnardo's Image Library

Barnardo’s Child Bereavement Service in Belfast began in 1998. We provide

  • individual and group support to children and young people up to 18 years old who have been bereaved
  • an advice line that adults concerned about a bereaved child can contact for information and advice
  • training and information nights for parents and professionals to assist in developing ways of helping bereaved children.

The Child Bereavement Service has four staff members and a team of dedicated volunteers who help run the Advice Line and are involved in the group work with bereaved children and young people.

Why have a Child Bereavement Service?

Without the right conditions for healing, children and teenagers will carry their emotional wounds into the rest of their lives. We know that children who have a parent die are at risk. They are more likely than other children to experience higher levels of depression; an increase in health problems and accidents; poorer school performance, more anxiety and fear; lower self esteem; a destructive belief that all events in their lives are beyond their control, and less optimism about succeeding in later life.
Schuurman, 2003