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Childhood bereavement services : issues in UK service provision.

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Published
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Mortality
Issue number4
Volume9
Number of pages29
Pages (from-to)300-328
StatePublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper outlines the broad key findings from a research project on UK childhood bereavement service provision, using eight organizational case studies. Despite a shared objective of 'helping bereaved children' services were very diverse. Three organizational types were identified with differing management and administrative structures, each of which had different implications for staff. Although the overall size and employment status (paid or unpaid) of the respective workforces varied, the number of staff who worked directly with children or their families was similar. Direct and indirect services were offered within a matrix of provision that focussed either on children or on families, and involved individual and/or group work activities. Obtaining sufficient funding presented services with immense challenges. Unless they were part of a larger 'host' organization with a continued commitment to childhood bereavement service provision, services were unable to rely on regular and long-term sources of funding. This can have a detrimental impact on the core business, and on the ability of the service to develop their provision. Improving and increasing research, audit and evaluation of childhood bereavement services would contribute to supporting the case for both individual services and for the childhood bereavement sector as a whole.