Oakleaf Children’s Service

Child bereavement support Liverpool: Oakleaf is the Children’s and Young People’s service at Liverpool Bereavement Service. It is a well-established and dedicated counselling service that provides support on a 1:1 and / or group basis for children and young people.

How can we help young people?

Oakleaf is a dedicated bereavement service for children and young people who are affected by bereavement, loss and separation in their life.

When a family suffers a loss of bereavement it can be extremely challenging for both the young person and the family. Oakleaf is able to offer young people a safe environment to have the time to understand why they feel as they do, and how loss can impact on their behaviours and emotions. We can also support the family throughout the grieving process.

If your child is experiencing loss which can include the loss of a person in traumatic circumstances such as suicide or murder our team of experienced counsellors can help them explore this difficult event.

 

Grief

Bereavement is difficult for us all and for young people the process of grief can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it is difficult to find the words to help children come to terms with their grief.

At Oakleaf we provide counselling and interventions for children and young people who have experienced the loss of someone close giving them them space to express their grief in their own way.

Loss or separation

All young people and their families who have or are currently experiencing loss, trauma or change in life circumstances can benefit from Oakleaf Service. We recognise how the impact of loss and separation can influence a young person’s behaviours and emotional wellbeing. Through our interventions young people are given the opportunity to fully explore coping strategies.

Counselling

Our experienced and fully qualified counsellors will use a variety of interventions that are best suited to each individual. Interventions include expressive art therapies, play therapy or active listening. We believe that young people can grow and gain resilience through choosing how best to express their feelings. Wherever possible parents or carers are encouraged to participate in some of the activities. This can help to build a talking relationship so family and carers can explore their grief together.

Where and when?

Each counselling session on a one to one basis, or family session, lasts 50 minutes and takes place once a week over a six to eight week period of time. The session times and locations are agreed following initial contact with the counsellor. The sessions can take place both in the young persons’ school or at the Oakleaf Centre.

In the school setting, sessions can be arranged both during and after school hours and will be arranged by our counsellors. Initially our counsellor will make contact with the school. We encourage family members to attend the first counselling session whenever possible. During school holidays young people will be offered an appointment in the Liverpool therapy room.

For more information about how Oakleaf can support you or someone you know contact Liverpool Bereavement Service on 0151 475 9001 or 07928 890967 and our Children’s Manager will respond to you call within 48 hours (excluding weekends and bank holidays).

Each session is free.
As a charity we do fundraise and donations are always welcome.
See our fundraising page for further information.

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Covid-19 Announcement 

Following the Government announcement on 23 March 2020, the Liverpool Bereavement Service will be suspending its face to face client appointments. This applies to both our adult and Oakleaf children services. We’ve been in touch with our existing clients who can contact us if they need telephone support while the office remains closed. We also remain available by phone and e-mail for anyone who feels they will benefit from bereavement counselling when we do resume normal services.

While we are closed, we will no longer be receiving client donations. This means that one valuable source of our funding is no longer available. Yet we will still have costs to cover while the service is closed. Now more than ever we welcome donations. We remain committed to providing professional, affordable and free counselling services for those struggling with grief. We thank all of our dedicated counsellors who are continuing to support clients during this difficult time and all our counsellors who will be ready to offer quality counselling service when we re-open. 

Stay safe.