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Project information

Trauma and Critical Incident Programme

Our Trauma and Critical Incident Programme will bring expert bereavement advice, trauma counselling and support to hundreds of grieving children whose bereavement was caused by crime, public incidents, terror attacks or through witnessing sudden deaths or suicides at home or at school.

January 2018 - February 2019

Charity information: Grief Encounter Project

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  • Need


    Following traumatic deaths children can suffer intrusive thoughts and images, a fearful, frozen state, emotional isolation and social withdrawal. We bring relief to hundreds of such traumatised children through counselling and advice. Schools and employers turn to us for guidance on how to handle public grief appropriately, in the best interests of those who are suffering. We need a new trauma counsellor in order to meet demand for this service from schools and families.


    Following traumatic incidents we will provide immediate advice and training for teachers and parents on how to communicate with and help traumatised children, we will deliver group therapy sessions for traumatised children, run by trauma specialists; distribute grief workbooks to families, deliver memorial day events for those affected throughout the community and offer one to one counselling to the children most deeply traumatised.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    We aim to reduce the symptoms of trauma in children bereaved by public or critical incident deaths.


    » One to one counselling for traumatised children: qualified trauma/grief counsellors will offer 30 sessions per year to 20 children.
    » Community memorial days: 5 annually for groups affected by trauma (e.g. schools) to explain symptoms, reflect on the experience and remember the loss
    » Group therapy for children and/or teachers after traumatic deaths: facilitated by trauma and grief counsellors, support/advise those at risk. 20 PA.

    What success will look like

    We conduct bespoke qualitative evaluation for memorial days and group therapy as well as conducting before and after surveys for 1:1 therapy using the national CORE YP evaluation.

    Aim 2

    We advise and inform institutions and families following critical incidents and traumatic loss.


    » Communication advice: consult with minimum 5 institutions on appropriate communication/care for those affected by trauma. Advice on press releases.
    » Distribution of grief workbooks and memory books to families and schools affected by traumatic loss. 200 books reaching minimum 400 children.
    » Proactively contacting families and institutions affected by traumatic loss to advise, support and signpost available services.
    » Presentation to parents: 5 school based sessions annually to explain how to talk to and support children who have experienced traumatic bereavement.

    What success will look like

    We will monitor the number of institutions and families helped with advice, workbooks, communication and signposting as well as gathering feedback from those helped.

  • Impact


    We aim to reduce symptoms including, fear, disturbing and intrusive images, emotional withdrawal, anxiety, problems with concentration and anger. Experiencing these symptoms of trauma during childhood has a major impact on educational attainment and social development. By helping with the symptoms of trauma and offering ongoing support, we expect children to have better chances educationally and socially. Our evaluations will identify whether symptoms of trauma have been successfully reduced.


    The need for our service depends, sadly, on critical incidents occurring. Given the pattern of incidents over past years we consider potential lack of such incidents unlikely. Grief Encounter already delivers this service so we have existing capacity, a strong network for referrals and a record of success. We require a new counsellor to meet demand and may struggle to recruit a specialist trauma counsellor. In this case we would train an existing counsellor to meet the standard required.


    We will report to donors in the manner they require, we can share all our monitoring and evaluation data and can report after 6 months or 1 year on our progress. We would flag any significant changes to the proposed project delivery or budget and discuss with the donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,060

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,200 Grief workbooks and journals Award winning proprietary grief advice books. 200 books @ £16
      £1,500 Trauma advice leaflets Printing and posting advice leaflets, mailers and letters following a traumatic incident.
      £1,000 Website and marketing Raising awareness of trauma and critical incident services (website updates)
      £1,400 Materials for group sessions Equipment for art and drama therapy used during workshops and counselling sessions
      £16,000 Trauma Counsellor New part time role. 1:1 counselling for 20 children, facilitate memorial event and group therapy
      £16,000 Trauma Manager Part time role: Organise and facilitate 20 group therapy sessions, 5 memorial events, communications
      £960 NI and pension For both Trauma Manager and Trauma Counsellor.
  • Background


    We deliver support according to the location of the critical incident/greatest need. Both the Trauma Manager and the new Trauma Counsellor will be based in North London but can travel. Counselling and memorial events can be delivered from schools or from our head office in Finchley (where we can use a large garden for memorial events). Grief workbooks, advice and signposting can be delivered nationally. In past years we have had high demand for our support from the London region.


    Our project will benefit children bereaved by traumatic and public deaths, also parents/teachers where necessary:
    20 children will recieve 1:1 counselling
    400 children will receive grief workbooks
    Some 250 children and teachers will attend memorial days
    Some 5000 pupils will receive advice leaflets and mailers
    100 children and 50 adults will be proactively contacted with offers of support/to signpost available services
    200 children or teachers will attend workshops/presentations on grief/trauma

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Grief Encounter has been successfully delivering trauma and critical incident support for several years and needs more resource to meet demand for the programme. Established in 2003 we have years of experience and nationally recognised expertise in bereavement care for children. We have well established referral pathways from statutory mental health services, schools and GP surgeries. We have winning workbooks on grief and trauma and a track record of success in counselling & group therapy.

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    Stacey Hart. Staff

    Stacey is the Trauma and Critical Incident Manager responsible for initiating and facilitating group therapy, memorial days & comms advice.

    New Trauma Counsellor

    The new Trauma Counsellor will help facilitate group therapy, memorial days, parent presentations and will deliver 1:1 counselling for 20 children.

    Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE

    Shelley gives her time without charge offering advice on content of group work, handouts, workbooks and communications or PR following an incident.

We cannot thank you enough for the professional support you provided following the death of JD (pupil). The immediate response was exceptional and your follow up support very much welcomed at this difficult time for our children, staff and parents.  

School Head Teacher