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What we believe

We believe that all children have the right to information, guidance and support to enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.

Further, in line with the Children's Act 2005, the Children Act 1989 and the Children (Scotland) Act 1995, we believe that any information, guidance and support offered to children should:

  • acknowledge the child's grief and experience of loss as a result of death
  • be responsive to the child's needs, views and opinions
  • respect the child's family and immediate social situation, and their culture, language, beliefs and religious background
  • seek to promote self-esteem and self-confidence, and develop communication, decision making and other life skills
  • be viewed as part of a continuous learning process for the child, contributing to the development of the child's knowledge and understanding as they grow into adulthood
  • aim, wherever possible, appropriate and feasible, to involve family members, other caregivers and any professionals working with the individual child in a wider social context.

If this information, guidance and support is offered as a service by an organisation or in a professional context, it should be:

  • provided by people who have had appropriate training and who are adequately supported
  • provided in an appropriately supportive, safe and non-discriminatory context
  • regularly monitored, evaluated and reviewed