Leeds ‘fails bereaved families’

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Families who suffer the sudden death of a child in Leeds are being failed, a new report has found.

A huge gap in support for bereaved parents has been revealed in research commissioned by a charity founded in memory of a city two-year-old.

Elliot’s Footprint, set up following the death of Elliot Kerslake in 2013, is this week launching a petition calling for Government action over the lack of effective help for families.

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All of those questioned said they were not given the help they needed after their devastating loss.

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Only 16 per cent of the professionals who were surveyed thought that child bereavement support in the city was effective, with over half of experts unaware who co-ordinated the services available.

Elliot’s mum Andrea said: “This report has proven that the current system is failing bereaved families, who just like us, are left to cope with the sudden loss of their child alone.”

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