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What we do...

A Child Of Mine provides emotional and practical support to bereaved parents and families. We work in partnership with health care professionals to help improve care and support available when a child dies.

Family Support

A Child Of Mine offers confidential emotional support, information, guidance and a listening ear to any family who has lost a child at any age or gestation, and from any circumstance.

Across Staffordshire we provide 1-2-1 emotional support, various group sessions, days out and small financial grants.

We also offer groups (Free of charge) for both younger and older bereaved children who have suffered the loss of a sibling.

Sunshine & Rainbows
A stay and play playgroup, for parents and their children born before or after loss. Offering a different entertainer each month, light lunch and craft activities.

Our Space
A space for young people to build confidence through drama, humour and creative activities.

For any family outside of Staffordshire, we can provide telephone or email emotional support, and signposting to other local organisations and charities.

If you would like to know more about how we can help and support, please do not hesitate to contact our telephone helpline on 07803 751229.

Children's Hospital's Bereavement Network

A Child Of Mine also works closely with the bereavement teams at several of the major children's hospitals across England, we sit on their own bereavement network as a parent representative which allows us to share experiences and work with the bereavement teams to improve their care.

We provide several publications for families and our material is supported by Birmingham Children's, Alder Hey, Bristol and Great Ormond Street hospitals and several of the hospitals within Barts Health NHS Trust.

We have also been involved in various projects across the trusts and participate in regular staff 'when a child dies" study days at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where we share the experiences of a bereaved parent.

Staffordshire Child and Family Bereavement Alliance

The Bereavement Alliance was formed from a group of local charities including - The Donna Louise, A Child Of Mine, The Dove Service, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and Child Bereavement UK. We provide an annual conference for professionals working with bereaved children and families, with a specific theme each year. We meet regularly to share good practice and work together in partnership, which in turn allows us to provide a louder voice and better support for families who need it.

Child Death Review Process

We also work closely with the regional CDOP co-ordinators (Child Death Overview Panel), this is a mandatory review into every child's death, looking at learning and preventable child deaths in the future. We sit on the West Midlands Regional Network group as a parent representative, and can help advise and work with them to improve care and process for families who have lost a child unexpectedly. We are also honoured to have been a key stakeholder in a new booklet 'When a child dies - a guide for parents" which has been published by NHS England and will give information for parents around the child death review.