- Funding awarded: £1,110,084
- Duration of programme: 5 years
- Number of beneficiaries: 586
- Replication areas (England): Gloucestershire, West Sussex
SWITCH is a therapeutic bereavement support intervention designed to help vulnerable young people aged 8 to 14-years-old to recognise, understand and manage difficult feelings and behaviours in relation to their grief; meet others who are also bereaved, learn and share new coping strategies and build confidence, resilience and self-esteem.The intervention is delivered by family service practitioners (FSPs), who are qualified across a range of disciplines, including psychotherapy, psychology, counselling, social work, youth work family therapy and educational psychology.
The programme is delivered through individual and group work and focuses on:
- encouraging conversations within the family about the death and the person who died
- developing greater confidence in telling the story of the death
- continuing the bond with the person who has died through memory work
- managing and expressing feelings in healthy and constructive ways
- enabling adjustment to life without the person who has died.
The programme’s overall aim is to have a positive effect on the young people’s future life outcomes and minimise the risks associated with unsupported bereavement.
Delivery organisation: Winston’s Wish
Winston’s Wish is a child bereavement charity supporting children and young people following the death of a parent, carer or sibling, to enable them to cope with the trauma of bereavement, build resilience and reach their full potential.