- They are a listening service
- Ages of participants range from 4-18 years
- They do not provide services for children/young people who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) can call to refer their child. The staff will talk to you about the service and, if appropriate, book you in for an appointment. If you are not eligible for the service, staff will give you information on alternative services.
In the first session, the parent(s) meet with a support worker. Subsequently, the child is met on an individual basis, although they are always accompanied to the service by a parent/guardian who waits in a separate room. On average children attend 6 sessions, although this varies depending on the individual needs of the child.
Children are given the option to allow their parent(s)/guardian(s) to participate at the end of each session.
Children’s expression of emotion is facilitated in ways appropriate to their development stage and wishes through creative play, talking and listening. Children are invited back for a follow up session 3-4 months after the final session.
They provide an education programme for primary school teachers in the mid-west region, helping them to assist children who are coping with the loss of a loved one through death or separation/divorce.