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Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week

All play a part in supporting children

This week is Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. It is organized by the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network. ‘Children Grieve Too’ is the key message for Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. ‘We all have a part to play in supporting children through the journey of grief,’ Brid Carroll, Chair.

Many children in Ireland have lost a loved one. Children may try to protect parents from their pain and upset, which can leave their grief unrecognised. Please support them through the journey of grief.

A campaign has been running on Twitter.  #HarryPotter lost his parents when he just was a baby. He couldn’t remember them, but he longed to see them more than anything.  Sometimes people we love die – it doesn’t seem fair, it doesn’t seem right, but it happens. Harry Potter lost many people that he loved.

For 40 years I had pent-up anger about not being allowed to say goodbye to my father before he died when I was 10 years old … there is a huge toll of unresolved grief in adults bereaved as a child,” said Sir Al Aynsley Green, who was scheduled to speak at Beaumont Hospital this week .

Death can be frightening for children who may not have the information to help them understand what is happening. Find more information on support and resources here

Unlike adults, children dip in and out of grief which is often termed ‘puddle grief’ – we’re supporting Bereaved Children’s Awareness Week. More info is available here: people who have experienced loss see the world in a way that is different than those who have not. The aim of the week is to encourage children to talk about their grief and be honest in their responses.






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Timeframe for statutory registration


Draft regulations to designate the professions of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and to establish a registration board will be ready for submission to the Houses of the Oireachtas for their approval during the present session, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has told the Dail.


The Minister recently concluded a public consultation on  his proposal to regulate counsellors generally under the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005.


On foot of the consultation process, He has decided to proceed with the designation of two distinct professions under the Act, that of counsellor and psychotherapist. Each will have its own register under one registration board. This decision has been communicated to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council, the relevant professional bodies and all the respondents to the public consultation process.


Subject to the approval of the Houses, the next step will be the appointment of the 13 members of the registration board, following the submission of suitable candidates for the Minister's consideration, by the Public Appointments Service. The aim is that the registration board will be in a position early in the New Year to begin the task of drafting the various bye-laws to allow it to establish its registers.



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