Grief can be overwhelming after experiencing trauma, but with the right support children can start to recover.

Just like adults, children can carry grief and sadness with them. When it really grips children, it can take away their hope. 

Thousands of children are now facing a new reality after lockdown. In many cases, young people have lost a loved one, lost the chance of opportunities they were about to take up, or lost their normal support systems. They may feel isolated or anxious about the future.

How we help

Barnardo’s supports hundreds of children to feel renewed hope for the future and that it can bring better things. 

  • Every year, we work with children and young people who are dealing with loss, bereavement and grief through our UK-wide services. 
  • We are becoming a trauma informed organisation so that all our staff have the skills to recognise and respond to trauma and promote well-being. 
  • We work to support children, young people and families who have experienced loss, in a way that makes sure their mental well-being is addressed to allow them to thrive
  • We find opportunities to support, but also to play, so that bereaved children are not followed by grief all the time. It takes time for our lives to move on. ​​​​​​

Read our guides

Emergencies and Out of Hours Support

If you think a child is in immediate danger, dial 999 or contact your local authority social care department, or the NSPCC.

If you are a child and you need help, call Childline’s 24-hour support service on 0800 11 11.

If you'd like to speak to our Supporter Relationships team during business hours, please call on 0800 008 7005 or email at [email protected]. We’re open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. 

If you are concerned about a Barnardo's employee, volunteer or carer, call the relevant national or regional office and speak to a Barnardo's senior manager or children's services representative.

For more information about getting help, and for contact details of grief and bereavement services, see our Get Help page.​​​​​​