Children – Bereavement Network
Hosted by the Irish Hospice Foundation, the Irish Childhood Bereavement Network (ICBN) is a hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families in Ireland.
The aim of the Network is to facilitate access to local and national information, guidance and support to enable children and young people to manage the impact of death and loss in their lives. Membership is open to individuals or organisations collaborating to:
- Improve access to bereavement information, guidance and support services relevant to children and young people
- Share expertise, knowledge and experience to inform and support others
- Improve the range and quality of bereavement supports available to children, young people and those caring for them.
The need for such a network was established by a preliminary scoping study – Establishing a Children’s Bereavement Network in Ireland – commissioned by the IHF and funded by the Family Support Agency, which identified weakness in existing service provision. These included inequality in access to services – particularly outside Dublin; long waiting lists for more complex bereavement support needs; and the absence of a comprehensive directory of services or forum for information exchange.