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Bereaved parents

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy, but when that loved one is a child, this can be even more difficult. Whether your child’s death was expected – either because they had a long term illness or life limiting condition; or unexpected – for example because of ‘cot death’ or an accident; it is impossible to imagine what you as a family must be going through.

When a child dies, the law requires that a review into the child’s death is undertaken, and those professionals who are directly in contact with you and your family will provide you with information about their involvement, what needs to happen in response to your child’s death, including the review process, and what sources of support are available to you, both locally and nationally.

"The Child Death Review - A guide for parents and carers" 

This leaflet is for parents and carers of a child under 18 who has died.  It tells you what happens in the child death review.  Click on this link to view the local leaflet.

The following national organisations can also offer support and advice in specific areas:

Child Bereavement UK
Tel: 01494 568900
Website: www.childbereavementuk.org 

Childhood Bereavement Network
Tel: 020 7843 6309
http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/

Cruse Bereavement Care
Tel: 0844 477 9400
Young people's support line: 0808 808 1677
Website: http://www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk/
Youth Involvement Project www.rd4u.org.uk

SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society)
Tel: 020 7436 5881
Website: http://www.uk-sands.org/

Dove Service
Tel: 01782 683155 or 683153
Website: http://www.thedoveservice.org.uk/

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