THE FAMILY WELLBEING TEAM

We offer support in a variety of ways to children, young people and their families across Luton and Bedfordshire.

Children experience the pain of loss just as much as adults, although their reactions will depend on their age, maturity and understanding of events. Adults often try to protect children from the pain of the loss, perhaps feeling that they are too young to understand, or that talking about the loss will be too distressing. However, our experience in supporting families has shown that it can be more helpful to talk to children, whilst remembering the following:

  • Be age appropriate

  • Be sensitive

  • Be honest

Experience has shown us that children can gain a great deal from meeting others of their own age who have had similar experiences and, if given the chance to understand events and to express their own feelings, they can learn to adjust to their loss.

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.

Getting Support Intervention

  • Anxiety Group – This 4-week programme is delivered to children aged 8-12 years and their parent(s). The child and their parent/ carer attend the group together and spend time in separate rooms learning strategies and techniques to help with anxiety.

  • Anxiety Workshop – One-off session for parents of children under the age of 8 years who struggle with anxiety. The parent will learn some techniques to help manage their child’s anxiety.  The focus of the workshop is on emotional regulation and anxiety management strategies and techniques.

  • Behaviour Workshop – One-off session for parents of children under the age of 8 years who struggle with difficult behaviour. The focus of the workshop is on emotional regulation and working on parenting techniques to help promote positive behaviour.

  • Self Esteem Group

Getting Advice Workshops

The CHUMS Family Wellbeing Team is offering a series of one-off psychoeducation “Getting Advice” workshops around sleep difficulties, resiliency, and school transitions.  These workshops are available throughout the year (see dates below).

These workshops are designed as an introduction to each individual topic along with some practical advice, techniques, and strategies to help with the topic being discussed. The workshops are not designed for families who have previously accessed mental health services looking for further support but can be useful as a recap if felt necessary.

Please see below for more information of the getting advice workshops we offer. If one of these workshops sound like something you would like to attend, please complete the registration form in the below link along with your preferred date of attendance.

IMPORTANT:  THESE WORKSHOPS ARE DESIGNED AS A STARTING POINT FOR FAMILIES WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY ACCESSED SUPPORT FROM MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

If you are concerned that your child’s problem is causing a moderate/severe impact on their life, then these series of workshops are unlikely to address your concerns and we would recommend making a CHUMS/CAMHS referral by clicking here http://chums.uk.com/bedfordshire-and-luton-referral-forms/.

Equally these workshops will not address queries or difficulties in relation to risky behaviour (e.g., self-harm, suicide ideation).

PLEASE NOTE: CHUMS is not an urgent response service. For urgent support with physical or mental health issues, please contact your GP or call NHS 24 Hour Crisis Line on 111 – Option 2.

CHUMS Offer Bereavement Support Through:

  • Bereavement Groups for Parents/Carers, Children and Young People

  • 1:1 Bereavement Support

  • Parent/Carer Psycho-education Workshops

  • Ongoing Monthly Bereavement Groups – for Parents/Carers, Children and Young People

  • Telephone Advice and Guidance

  • Bereavement Literature

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

Watch Video

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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