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In the UK, 1 in 29 5 to 16 year-olds has been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s one child in every average class.

Launched in 2016 by Stand-by-me, Contact-me was specifically created to give children/young people additional support in schools when they have lost a close family member such as a parent or sibling. Contact-me is designed to be a structured way for schools to support students who experience bereavement.

Developed by a former headteacher the programme gives children/young people the opportunity to nominate a trusted adult in their school who can be there for them when they feel down, who can support them if things get difficult and who can remember special anniversaries. It also equips teachers and school staff with the knowledge and confidence to support bereaved children/young people in their care.

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Contact-me is the missing piece of support for bereaved students

As a Contact-me school you can refer your student directly into Stand-by-me for assessment. Check here to see if your school has signed upUnfortunately, we cannot accept referrals from non-Contact-me Schools.

Additionally, Contact-me school staff can join our monthly Zoom drop-ins. These sessions take place on the first Monday of each month from 3:30-4:30pm. It’s a great opportunity to discuss any bereaved students you’re assisting at school with the Contact-me team. We are here to assist you with any worries or enquiries you might have.

For further advice on supporting a bereaved student, please call or email our Bereavement Support Manager / 07444 201197

School child dealing with grief

Signs of Grief

How do children/young people show grief at school?

Often things that happen within school go unnoticed because they are considered disruptive or abnormal behaviour when they are actually signs of grief:

  • Tears
  • Deterioration in schoolwork
  • Unwanted behaviours
  • Angry outbursts, fighting, regressive behaviours
  • Illness, pains and eating difficulties
  • Tiredness (often due to sleeping difficulties)
  • Emotional issues – feeling alone, not making friends
  • Worrying about death


We often receive requests from professionals for training to help them support bereaved children and young people they work with. Although we don’t routinely offer training courses, if you have a particular request, please contact us to see how we may be able to help.

Any training courses or workshops we have available will be advertised below. Please get in touch to find out more. 

Bereavement Training for Secondary Schools

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Bereavement Training for Primary Schools

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Bereavement Training for Early Years Staff

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