Public Health England (PHE) has published a new resource to assist local organisations prevent linked suicides in their areas, often referred to as ‘suicide clusters’.
The Identifying and responding to suicide clusters resource supports local authorities in their reaction to unexpectedly high numbers of suicides occurring in a particular period of time, a particular place, or both. The resource highlights how imperative it is that plans for such events are in place before they occur to ensure an effective response.
Managing Death in the School Commnity
Following the sudden death of a young person under the age of 18 there is a nationally agreed process in England overseen by a county-wide safeguarding board and its child death overview panel.
The response to the sudden death of a child is rapid – a meeting of the Rapid Response Team or RRT will be called within 72 hours of the death by a named lead already designated. If the young person attended school the head teacher will be informed as soon as possible.
This document provides a pathway for use by schools and is adapted from the policy of a Knowsley based school called Yew Tree Primary written by Ann Farrell Chair of Listening Ear, Halewood.