Child Bereavement Training

Child Bereavement
£25 +VAT

Child bereavement is unfortunately a common occurrence in all schools. Knowing how to support pupils through this distressing time is essential, and all school staff should be able to recognise when a bereaved child is in need of additional support.

This course provides you with a detailed understanding of child bereavement. You will learn how bereavement affects children of different ages, some common bereavement models that can explain the grieving process, how to support bereaved children, and how to support yourself through the process. You will also learn about how the COVID-19 pandemic and how to support children who have lost someone to COVID-19.

  • Developed by professionals specialising in child bereavement and psychology
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

Anybody who works with children would benefit from taking this course, as bereaved children may need support in all aspects of their life. This includes activity leaders, sports coaches and childminders.

The course will be particularly beneficial, however, to those who work in education, including:

  • Teachers
  • Headteachers and senior leaders
  • Teaching assistants


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

Meet Our Experts

High Speed Training is proud to work with experts in education to create content that is up to date, relevant and practical. By taking a course with us, you can be confident that you and your staff will have the knowledge to safely carry out your jobs using best industry practice.

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Course content

1Introduction to Bereavement

Responses to bereavement, impact of bereavement on children, signs of bereavement, models of bereavement, factors affecting bereavement, complicated grief, the role of school, and critical incidents.

2Supporting Students

Breaking bad news, returning to school, special assemblies, supporting parents and carers, supporting bereaved pupils, supporting pupils with SEND, setting up bereavement support groups, and practical ideas to help bereaved pupils.

3Supporting Students: Continued

Pre-bereavement, life-threatening illness of a student, bereavement by suicide, children with family in the Armed Forces, bereavement by violent death, frightening events, returning to school, bereavement and social media, and bereavement and different cultures.

4Supporting Yourself and Other Staff

Sharing your feelings, setting boundaries, anticipating emotional reactions, self-care (psychological, physical and professional), being realistic, and key points for action.

5Bereavement and COVID-19

What is COVID-19, current restrictions, COVID-19, loss and bereavement, cognitive development in children, supporting students, regular communication, explaining death due to COVID-19, and saying goodbye.

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Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what bereavement is, and understand how children grieve.
  • Understand what the grief cycle is.
  • Know how you can support bereaved pupils.
  • Know strategies to help children cope with death within the school community.
  • Know how you can reassure and provide guidance to their peers, teachers and families.
  • Know how to support bereaved children in specific incidences of bereavement.
  • Know how to support yourself and other staff when dealing with a bereaved child.
  • Know how to support those experiencing bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.