Two bereavement charities are partnering to provide helpline support to young people whose brother or sister has died, and to their families and carers. Callers to a dedicated Sibling Support 0800 number will be directed to Child Bereavement UK’s Helpline, which provides confidential support, information and guidance to individuals, families and professionals throughout the UK.

Sibling Support is the only charity in the UK dedicated specifically to supporting bereaved siblings. The charity was founded by Callum Fairhurst who, after his brother died from cancer in 2009, realised there was a lack of ‘informal’ support available for young people that was sibling specific.

Child Bereavement UK helps families to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity supports children and young people (up to the age of 25) when someone important to them has died or is not expected to live, and parents and the wider family when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying. 

Child Bereavement UK also provides training to professionals in health and social care, education, and the voluntary and corporate sectors, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families. Sibling Support has worked closely with Child Bereavement UK on training for professionals, sharing their learning on how siblings grieve and ways they can be supported.

Maninder Hayre, Director of Services and Partnerships for Child Bereavement UK, said:

“The death of a sister or brother can have a massive impact on siblings, who often say they are the ‘forgotten grievers’. We’re pleased to offer the resources of our Helpline to Sibling Support, helping the charity in its important mission to ensure young people get the support they need when their sibling dies.’ 

Callum Fairhurst, Founder of Sibling Support said: 

"I know all too well how the death of a sibling can impact young people. We're delighted to be joining forces with the fantastic team at Child Bereavement UK to offer this new, first of a kind, sibling helpline. The service will offer young people, their families and those that work with them specialist advice and support"

For further information visit Sibling Support.