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Support for schools

Whether you are a special or mainstream school, supporting a child with a life-limiting condition or their siblings is a difficult job, particularly when they are coming to the end of their life. We support schools before, when and after a child dies, and have done so for many years. Our therapies team are here to support nurseries, schools and colleges. We can offer a one-off online consultation or a short series of remote appointments with a qualified therapist to help you navigate the difficult time that the child you care for, and their classmates, are going through. If the staff team are struggling our therapists or counsellors can visit you to offer a training session in Loss and Grief, or a debrief to support the staff group in their struggles*.
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Available for

Any place of education that cares for a supported child, sibling or bereaved sibling known to Shooting Star Children’s Hospices.

How it works

We offer time with a counsellor or therapist over the phone or online.  Team-wide training or support is also available subject to availability.

What does it involve?

Our therapists and counsellors can offer support, strategies and ideas for working with supported children and siblings going through diagnosis to the end of life period or bereavement.  These short-term, interventions are designed to inform and empower teachers and, where necessary, signpost to additional services.

Is there a cost?

*Our support to schools is free, however trainings involve substantial preparation time and so we do ask schools to give a voluntary donation to the charity when we are preparing a training.

Support from schools

Is your school looking to support us through fundraising events, challenges or activities, or would you like us to deliver an assembly that gives an overview of our work? Learn more on our support from schools page.