THE FAMILY WELLBEING TEAM

The Family Wellbeing Team comprises of a team of Child Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs). CWPs provide support to children, young people and their families where it is identified that a child or young person has mild to moderate symptoms of common difficulties such as anxiety, low mood, and behavioural problems. We work closely with other services to ensure that families receive the support that is right for them.

What Interventions Do We Offer?

Guided Self-Help Intervention

  • Anxiety (Parents) – Delivered to parents with children aged 11 years and under. This intervention uses the manual “Helping your Child with Fears and Worries” by Cathy Creswell and Lucy Willetts. The aim of this intervention is to provide parents with anxiety management strategies to support their child.  Up to 8 sessions.

  • Behaviour (Younger Children) – Delivered to parents with children aged 7 years and under. This intervention provides strategies and techniques designed to promote positive behaviour in your children. Up to 7 sessions.

  • Anxiety (Teenagers) – Delivered to children and young people aged 12+ years. This intervention uses Guided Self Help to provide the young person with anxiety management techniques and strategies to help manage difficulties with anxiety.

  • Low Mood (Teenagers) – Delivered to young people aged 13+ years. This intervention uses Behavioural Activation to help provide strategies and techniques to help with low mood.

Service User Testimonial

It was helpful to understand that it’s not just my child going through it and it helped in understanding my child’s behaviour. And, for me that how I am feeling is not out of the ordinary, there is no time limit and that it is not unusual for my feelings to keep cropping up years later”
– Parent

Service User Testimonial

“I enjoyed the fun things we did and the clay throwing”
– Child

Service User Testimonial

 “Russ took the time to explain ways to help; very thoughtful. I can’t thank Russ enough, how he helped through a very hard time. Thank you again for the fantastic support that you have given ******. You have helped me approach things in a way that I wouldn’t have thought of before and I certainly wouldn’t have been able to give ********** the understanding before this. It’s been a tough time and I can’t imagine how much harder it would have been if ********* felt misunderstood and I couldn’t support her in the new approach”
– Parent

Service User Testimonial

“They listened to us”
– Child

Service User Testimonial

“Very good service. Children have really enjoyed being here and have felt in a safe environment to talk about things. Also gives them confidence to know they are not alone, and others are also experiencing loss”
– Parent

Service User Testimonial

“Doing the memory jar and the painting”
– Child

Service User Testimonial

“I believe it has helped me for the first time I felt understood and got to meet other people going through the same thing that I was facing at the moment”
– Parent

Service User Testimonial

“Making the memory jar”
– Child

Service User Videos

Referrals

Referrals can be made online using our referral forms

Make a Referral

If you are making a referral into our Bereavement Service please include information about who died, when they died and the cause of death. We are able to support children / young people from the age of 4 to 18.

If you have been bereaved by suicide or the death of a baby, please see the following links for more information on the relevant services below:

Bedfordshire Suicide Bereavement Service (BSBS)

BSBS

Babyloss Bereavement Service

Babyloss Service

Bereavement Training for Schools, Professionals and Volunteers

CHUMS also provide training to professionals in health and social care, education, and the voluntary and corporate sectors, preparing them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families. Please see our website for more information or contact chumstraining@chums.uk.com.

Bereavement Information for School Staff

Resources

General Bereavement

Telling a Child/Young Person Someone has Died

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Talking to Children/Young People when someone is Seriously Ill

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COVID Bereavement

Telling a Child/Young Person someone has died from Coronavirus

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Breaking the News to Children/Young People when someone is seriously ill with Coronavirus

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COVID 19 – Guidance for Families who may not be able to attend a Funeral

Download PDF

Saying Goodbye Animation

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Other Helpful Organisations Resources

At a Loss

At a Loss

Bereavement Advice Centre

Bereavement Advice Centre

Bereavement Support Payment

Bereavement Support Payment

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice

Cruse

Cruse

Grief Encounter

Grief Encounter

Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan

The Samaritans

The Samaritans

Turn to Us

Turn to Us

Recommended Book List

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