Sands’ workplace training and toolkits help employers build a compassionate and supportive work environment.
Finding the words
This animation highlights the importance of supporting bereaved colleagues in the workplace
Creating a supportive work environment isn’t always easy. Colleagues and managers tell us they often don’t know what to say or how to support someone who has had a miscarriage or if a colleague’s baby has died. We also know that navigating the various bereavement statutory employment entitlements is particularly complicated when it comes to pregnancy loss and baby death.
This is why we offer training and toolkits for the workplace.
Our training is designed to help managers and colleagues understand pregnancy loss and baby death, find the words to support bereaved staff and navigate relevant employment law. The toolkits include a template pregnancy loss and baby death HR policy which can be adapted to fit the needs of your organisation and various template correspondence that can be used in a variety of circumstances.
Research suggests women need up to 8 weeks off work
following a miscarriage
following their baby’s
following their baby’s
The Bereavement in the Workplace package is updated annually, or more frequently if required, to ensure that it is useful and relevant to current HR practice and employment law. The package is offered on an annual subscription basis and includes:
Building a supportive workplace
Including template HR policy, guidance materials for managers and colleagues
A free confidential and non-judgmental emotional support and information service for all staff.
A live online training webinar
A 60 minute training webinar for line managers or colleagues, facilitated live by a specialist bereavement trainer. This is an opportunity to learn about the nature of grief in the workplace, how to create a supportive environment and implement best practice in HR policy and procedure. There are two modules to choose from:Building a bereavement supportive workplace – Training for leaders, HR staff and line managers Or Supporting and working with a bereaved colleague – Training for managers and colleagues
A pre-recorded educational film
A 30 minute educational film which can be shared with HR managers, line managers and colleagues. This film looks at grief in the workplace with a specific focus on baby loss and how to support bereaved parents.
A HR toolkit, which includes
Supporting and working with a bereaved colleague – a written bereavement guide for managers and colleagues
Bereavement Support Booklet – a written resource for bereaved employees with details of support and guidance
Building a bereavement supportive workplace – a written guide for HR professionals with best practice for bereavement
Template emails and letters for use by managers and HR professionals, to sensitively correspond with bereaved staff and their colleagues
Access to Sands support services and helpline
Sands support services are available for bereaved staff, their managers and colleagues. We can offer a bereavement support listening service or provide practical guidance on how best to support a colleague.
Permission to use Sands logo as a sign of investment in staff wellbeing
Employers toolkit with advice, guidance and template emails
Our packages can be tailored to suit the needs of individual organisations.
We also work with employers ensure their HR policy, practice and procedure is appropriate, relevant and sensitive for those bereaved by pregnancy loss or baby death.
£100 per hour