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In this 3-hour webinar we cover ways to communicate and support bereaved children and young people who have complex learning needs and disabilities. We explore a range of creative methods and holistic approaches for different needs, and look at what might be needed and how to ensure that communication is effective and appropriate.

We explore communication and support but also how to develop the infrastructure to support these young people and the professionals who work with this group. This session is suitable for anyone working with children and young people who have complex learning needs / special education needs / disabilities. This is a great opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of our facilitator, Sarah Helton of Back Pocket, who is highly experienced in this field.

13 June 2023: 9.30am - 12.30pm

Who should attend?

All those whose work brings them into contact with young people who have complex special education needs and disabilities, in an education setting support group or medical setting.

Learning outcomes

We will cover:

  • Creative communication approaches (for sharing the news of a death and talking about what has happened etc).
  • Potential barriers to young people receiving bereavement support.
  • Creative and holistic activities and resources.
  • How to provide comfort and support.
  • The use of augmentative and alternative methods of communication.
  • To develop an understanding of death, bereavement, loss and grief.

The curriculum

  • Developing your school curriculum to support this work


  • The demands of supporting bereaved and grieving children.

Cost: £45

Who is presenting:

Sarah Helton - The BackPocketTeacher

Sarah has worked in the Special Educational Needs/Disabilities (SEND) field for 25 years and has an outstanding track record in a diverse range of roles (Deputy Head, Assistant Head, Teacher, Local Authority Education Officer and Educational Publisher).

She now works as BackPocketTeacher - a consultant, author and trainer in the field of child bereavement, specialising in the (sadly often overlooked) needs of bereaved children with special education needs and disabilities.

We encourage prospective participants to consider their own experience of loss and how it might affect them during training. Our training is not usually suited to anyone who has suffered a recent, significant personal loss or bereavement.

For further information please email: [email protected] or call us on 01494 568908.

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