Who are we?

The Grampian Child Bereavement Network is a charitable organisation made up of a board of trustees who themselves are all health, education and social work professionals. All have undergone the necessary police checks to enable them to work and support young people.


What Is Grampian Child Bereavement Network

Grampian Child Bereavement Network is a dedicated resource that can refer on to national and local resources which can provide children with support when they are bereaved.  This may include a referral for counselling.  It will provide a central point of referral for children who have been bereaved.   It will hold and regularly update a directory of resources. 


It Aims to:

  • To provide services either directly or though third party organisations which aim to support children/young people who have experienced bereavement
  • To extend children/young people’s understanding of death and encourage sharing of thoughts anxieties and emotions
  • To provide education, information and advice on ways of coping with bereavement.
  • Provide information and support to families where a child or young person is bereaved.
  • Provide resources to families and carers who are supporting children and young people who have been bereaved.


Grampian Child Bereavement Network Believes

  • Bereavement is a part of everyday life
  • Children and young people who are bereaved should be able to have their loss acknowledged
  • Children and young people grieve at their own pace. Age and developmental stages will make a difference to how a child or young people can mange grief
  • Every child and young person in unique and their reaction to grief will also be unique
  • The relationship the child or young person had with the deceased will have an impact on the way they experience grief
  • The circumstances that led to the death will also impact on the way a child or young person will manage their grief


Values and Principles

Grampian Child Bereavement Network has been established to provide children with information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.  In line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, we believe that any information, guidance and support offered to children and young people should:

  • Acknowledge the child or young person’s grief and experience of loss as a result of death
  • Be responsive to the child’s needs, views and opinions
  • Respect the child’s family and immediate social situation and their culture, language, beliefs and religious background
  • Seek to promote self-esteem and self confidence and develop communication, decision making and other life skills
  • Be viewed as a part of a continuous learning process for the child, contributing to the development of the child’s knowledge and understanding as they grow into adulthood
  • Aim wherever possible, appropriate and feasible to involve family members, other caregivers and any professionals working with the individual child in a wider social context