Supporting pupils who have lost someone during Covid

Gail Precious discusses the impact of Covid-19 on the numbers of bereaved pupils and outlines some considerations for teachers when offering support to a grieving pupil

When the research emerged in July estimating that at least 10,000 children have been bereaved of a primary care-giver across the UK due to the pandemic (Hillis et al, 2021), there was nothing.

No headlines, no awareness and once again children and young people’s grief and experiences were quietly ignored.

When you consider that – according to estimates from the Childhood Bereavement Network (CBN) – more than 50,000 children have had a parent, guardian or carer die from other causes over the last 20 months, it has never been so important to talk to our children and young people about their experiences and their grief.

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