CARIS Islington

Children and Young People Bereavement Service

Support for bereaved children in Islington

CARIS Islington, the registered charity which runs the bereavement service, offers a specialist service for bereaved children and young people.

We offer a selection of therapeutic programmes (see below) for bereaved children aged 3 to 11 and counselling for those aged 11 - 21. Those 18-21 can be seen in the young people service or the adult service. This would be discussed at the initial assessment. We can also offer support for parents how to support their child.

For children, trained counsellors visit the child at school, usually once a week, for as many visits as necessary. We also have a play therapy room at our premises near Finsbury Park and children are able to attend for counselling there.

Young people may also be seen in their school or college, or at our premises.

The service is free and offered to any bereaved child in Islington regardless of disability, gender, race or religion.


Sponsor a bereaved child

The Children's and Young People's Service offers support to bereaved children and young people in Islington free of charge. Can you help us by sponsoring one of our clients? Please email if you would like to receive a gift certificate and thank you ribbon. If you would like to receive our quarterly newsletter please go to Newsletter sign up Sponsorship would make an ideal gift. It is also possible to pay the cost of an initial assessment session for a child which will allow us to send one of our Senior Counsellors to meet a child for the first time in their school. If you are paying by BACS please include CYP sponsor as part of the reference.

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`Choose the gift you would like to give and click the "add to cart" button - your payment will be processed by paypal and you will receive your certificate as soon as we receive notification of the gift.

Gift Certificates

Thank you

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What to do if you would like us to support your child

It can be hard to decide when to ask for help; not all children need therapeutic help when they are bereaved. However, if you are worried about how your child is coping with grief after the death of someone close, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The first thing to do is ring Chrystelle or Gifty on 020 7281 5200 or email to arrange an initial appointment or fill out our contact form. At that appointment we’ll talk about how your child is, whether we can help and make suggestions if there is somewhere offering more appropriate help.

We think it is much better if the child is referred by their parent or guardian rather than an outside agency. The child’s main issue must be to do with bereavement.

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Directory of Services for Bereaved Children

Click on this icon to see details of the rucksack therapeutic programme

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Directory of Services for Bereaved Children

This PDF may take some time to download as our directory is a big document. If you would prefer to receive a copy of the directory in the post, don't hesitate to contact us.

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When the office is quiet, the rucksack toys like to climb onto Chrystelle's chair and read our books.
Phone us on 020 7281 5200 if you would like to read our books too.

We take our responsibility to safeguard children very seriously. Please click on the PDFs to read our policies:

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Child Protection Policy

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Young People's Child Protection Policy

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