Children and young people in Wales

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.

Ar gyfer plant wedi i rywun farw / For children when someone dies. A short explanatory leaflet in Welsh and English.

Children and young people's service in Wales

As part of a project funded by the Welsh Government Cruse in Wales has:

  • employed seven part time members of staff, one for each Local Health Board Area in Wales
  • 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 each of the seven LHB areas in Wales (six set up to date)
  • provide a rolling programme of Cruse ‘Awareness in Bereavement Care for Children and Young People’ Training for Volunteers and Partners across the Principality. 

Childrens Officers' contact details

Children and Young People’s Directory of Bereavement Services

Our directories provide information about the statutory and voluntary sector pre and post bereavement services available to bereaved Children and Young People in Wales.

Read more and download the directories


Three Regional Volunteer Training Programmes (ACBC) are available per year: one in North Wales, one in South East and one in South West Wales. Contact Alison Thomas for details.

Training for professionals working with Children and Young People in challenging areas to indirectly support Children and Young People is also available. Five FREE one-day trainings are available to each of the seven Cruse Areas in Wales. Contact your local children's officer for details.

‘The 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.