Jardine urges action on support for bereaved children

22 Dec 2023

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has called on the UK and Scottish Governments to ensure young people who are bereaved do not miss out on support over the Christmas period. 

Throughout 2023, Christine has consistently campaigned for easier access to support services for any children who need them after suffering a bereavement, alongside leading charities including Winston’s Wish and Child Bereavement UK. 

Having led two debates in the House of Commons, the Liberal Democrat met with the new Children’s Minister, David Johnston, urging the Government to make it easier for children who lose relatives or friends to find out where they can access specialist support. 

Whilst the UK Government has said they have improved mental health support in schools and colleges, and increased bereavement awareness training, Ms Jardine is concerned about children losing out over the festive season.  

Christine said: “Over past 12 months I have met some fantastic charities and inspirational young people, who are doing incredible work to help children dealing with loss and grief. 

“I have also had a very positive response from the Government Ministers I have spoken to, but despite their warm words, they have been slow to put a system in place to make sure no child loses out. 

“This lack of action will no doubt be highlighted over the Christmas period, which is always one of the most difficult times of year for those of us who have lost a close friend or relative. 

“Whilst I welcome the focus on schools and colleges, and improve mental health support and training for staff, now that schools are closing for Christmas, how can we be sure every child has that support? 

“I hope that we see quick action when Parliament returns in the new year. This should not need a new law or extra money, but a simple system to let every child know where to turn if they need extra support – that is the least they deserve.”