HL Deb 15 January 2004 vol 657 cc101-2WA
Baroness Goudie

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will take steps to ensure that every school has a teacher who is trained in bereavement counselling. [HL664]

Baroness Ashton of Upholland

The Government have no plans to introduce a requirement that all schools have a specifically trained bereavement counsellor. When appropriate, there is a wide range of support, including bereavement counselling, that local education authorities and schools can call upon depending on the circumstances and individual needs of the child. In order to become qualified, all teachers need to demonstrate an awareness of, and an ability to work within, the statutory frameworks relating to teachers' responsibilities. In particular they need to develop an ability to judge when they should seek advice on, for example, matters of child protection or confidentiality.