Sands has supported bereaved families and and health care professionals for over 40 years.

Through our consultancy services we help organisations develop and implement best practice to ensure bereaved parents receive the support they need when they need it most.

We can support statutory, voluntary and corporate services on all issues relating to the death of a baby, ensuring that organisations and individuals have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work with the bereaved.

 

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For further information on how Sands could help to support your organisation call 020 7436 7940 or email: consultancy@sands.org.uk

For employers

It is estimated that around 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and every day 14 babies die in the UK.

Employers are in a position to make a real difference to the lives of bereaved parents, yet this is not always the case.  A survey of parents conducted by Sands found that:

  • 50% did not feel supported by their employer following a bereavement
  • Almost half of (49%) of employers did not discuss entitlements to pay and leave with people following the death of their baby
  • 40% were not offered any additional time away from work
  • 43% reported that no one talked to them about the death of their baby after returning to work

There are many things that employers can do to support staff who have experienced a bereavement.  Central to this is an awareness amongst management about the impact of pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, and having policies and procedures in place to support staff returning to work.

Sands can provide a tailored service to meet the needs of any organisation, our services include:

  • Specialist training for human resources and senior management
  • Information and advice around how to support bereaved employees on their return to work 
  • Development of appropriate HR policies 
  • Information on legal entitlements to pay and leave for bereaved parents
  • Practical advice on how to support other employees who may be effected 

To find out more about how Sands may be able to help your organisation please contact us on consultancy@sands.org.uk

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For healthcare services

Sands consultancy works with with health care Trusts and Boards to ensure staff are supported and bereaved families receive the best possible care.

We use national guidelines as a starting point and work with organisations to find optimal ways to incorporate this guidance into clinical practice, in often challenging environments and with limited resources.

Whether it is advice on specific issues, the development of a parent-centred bereavement care service or broader training requirements for staff, we have the knowledge and expertise to help.

To find out more about how Sands can support your organisation please contact us at:  consultancy@sands.org.uk

Lendlease Case Study

Sands was pleased to pilot its Training for Employers workshops with Lendlease and their mental health first aiders network.

Lendlease, a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas, started their mental health programme five years ago and have a strong commitment to supporting the wellbeing of employees in their workplace.

The sessions enabled participants to develop the knowledge and skills needed to feel confident in communicating sensitively with staff whose baby has died, and to develop an understanding of current employment rights.

Paul Hay, Environment, Health and Safety Training Manager at Lendlease Europe, said: “It’s incredibly important for us as a company to support the wellbeing and mental health of all our employees. Ensuring we have the right support in place for anyone who has been affected by baby loss is a crucial part of our mental health programme and so it was imperative that we took part in these informative and expertly delivered training workshops from Sands.”

Emma Cann, Framework Lead at Lendlease, said: “Returning to work after the loss of a baby is isolating and overwhelming. By training staff to understand how they can support colleagues after such a devastating loss will help make that step a little less daunting.” 

The new consultancy services are an important new area of work for Sands, allowing us to work with organisations to ensure that bereaved parents receive the right support in the workplace.

A bereaved parent said: “It was difficult for me to return to work after my son was stillborn. On my first day back one of my senior colleagues met me outside so I had someone to walk into the building with, this made it a bit easier to do. Many people think that mentioning your baby will make you sad but actually I really appreciate it when people at work talk about her.”