It is estimated that at least 21,000 Young People and Children in Wales under the age of 18 have experienced the death of a parent or sibling and at least 37,000 may have been bereaved of a close friend or another close family member.
Cruse in Wales offers support to children and young people up to the age of 25 through our Areas and branches. Contact your local area for more information and referrals.
Children and young people's service in Wales
As part of a project funded by the Welsh Government Cruse in Wales:
- provides front line support for bereaved children and young people. In 2018/19 our volunteers and staff help to supported over 1000 children and young people
- provided all Schools in Wales with a Resource Pack for teachers and other professional working with bereaved Children and Young People.
We are also working to:
- set up multi-agency Bereavement Forums in the seven LHB areas in Wales and deliver and annual Wales National CYP Bereavement Conference for partner organisations
- provide a rolling programme of Cruse Children and Young People’s Training for Volunteers and Partners across the Principality.
Regional Volunteer Training Programmes are available. If you would like to volunteer your time to help support bereaved children and young people please contact Alison Thomas (Alison.Thomas@cruse.org.uk) for details.
Training for professionals working with Children and Young People in challenging areas to indirectly support Children and Young People is also available. The FREE one-day trainings are available to each of the seven Cruse Areas in Wales. This 'Impact of Bereavement on Children and Young People’ programme can be delivered to Schools, HEI's, Youth Offending Teams and Probation Services, etc, throughout Wales. Contact Alison Thomas for details.