Atlas: Bereavement Support for Schools
What is the Atlas Programme?
As children develop, they create an internalised map of how the world works. When they experience either a sudden or anticipated bereavement, this challenges their view, and, over time they will need to construct a new map to help them make sense of what has happened and to better understand the environment around them.
With children spending up to 8 hours a day in school, teachers and other staff working in the school environment are highly likely to be considered a key source of support and comfort to pupils affected by bereavement.
The Atlas programme aims to equip all staff working in schools with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help pupils navigate their way through their journey of bereavement. Our support is also available to other professionals working with children outside of the school environment.
How can the Atlas Programme help you?
Atlas is a free programme available to you if you’re working within a Primary or Secondary school in the Wolverhampton area. You'll be empowered with:
- Knowledge – about how bereavement can impact the lives of children and young people
- Skills - to support, listen and talk to children through bereavement in effective ways
- Confidence – to move forward and manage situations with confidence
The programme can be tailored to suit school and staffing needs and includes:
- Introductory and specialist training sessions for any member of school staff ranging from 2-hour sessions to whole day events
- Specialist in-school focused support including developing a bereavement policy, team training in childhood bereavement
The Atlas programme is also suitable for other professionals working with children, for example, those working in health and social care, community and religious environments, however, there is a cost to attend workshops.