National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator

Includem has been appointed National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator by Scottish Government.

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In the 2016-17 Programme for Government, Scottish Ministers committed to appointing a national coordinator of childhood bereavement services to review and advise on steps to improve support in Scotland.

Includem are pleased to have been awarded the contract to deliver this work, commencing 2nd March 2020, with funding from the Scottish Government until the end of March 2021, with the option of extension from April 2021 until the end of March 2022.

Those delivering bereavement support in Scotland see the current landscape as inconsistent, with a lack of an overall strategic approach or co-ordination. There is a perceived need to develop more early intervention and a consistent evidence base.

The project will take a strategic oversight of childhood bereavement support services in Scotland, whilst championing the needs of all children who have experienced bereavement with the aim of improving capacity of families and the children’s sector and education workforce, to respond to children and young people’s needs appropriately.

Includem's role

Includem have been supporting Scotland’s most vulnerable children, young people and families for 20 years, and welcome the opportunity to work with other stakeholders across Scotland and Scottish Government to deliver this very important programme.

Includem are working with Scottish Government partners to deliver a vision of the necessary support within Scotland, influencing policy, analysing gaps in provision and influencing the workforce.

The Scottish Government and Includem National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator programme will provide a voice to bereaved children, young people and their families and carers.

This programme spans a number of policy areas including children and families, care experienced young people, those involved in offending behaviour, health and education.

Project update - October 2020

Denisha Killoh Scottish Government National Childhood Bereavement Coordinator

Denisha Killoh has been appointed Project Lead. Denisha will build upon the initial research phase already conducted by Includem by engaging with key organisations, service providers, and children and young people who have had experience of bereavement.

If you would like to know more about the project and how you can be involved, please contact:

Denisha Killoh, Project Lead, at or 07850775391

Cassie's story is a powerful example of how bereavement can impact a child's life.

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