News > Significant News for Rainbows - 12/10/2018

Significant News for Rainbows - 12/10/2018


NATIONAL BEREAVEMENT CHARITY LAUNCHES NEW “Evaluation, Research and Development Group”

Now in its 26th year and operating in over 1,500 schools in Great Britain, Rainbows Bereavement Support GB is once again ensuring the difference and impact its staff training and structured programmes has is as strong as ever. Following on from the Independent Research conducted in 2011, a strong team of highly experienced educationalists within the Rainbows Family have formed a new “Evaluation, Research and Development Group”.

As many as fifty schools across Great Britain are to be involved in a formal evaluation which will be conducted from November 2018 through to June 2019.

The group overseeing this significant evaluation and research project consists of Sharon Melia-Craven and Andrea Rodgers, the two National Co-Directors of the charity; both have immense experience and expertise. They are joined by Sue McDermott who was awarded the OBE last year for her services to education and especially to grieving children and young people over the last twenty five years.

Andrea, Sharon and Sue are joined by two nationally known trustees of Rainbows, Jan O’Neill and Dr Sue Kay Flowers. Jan and Sue will Co-Chair the group and ensure the strategic direction of the group

Jan O’Neill, Co-Chair of the Evaluation, Research and Development Group’ is a retired Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist with over twenty years’ experience working with young people, families, schools and multi-disciplinary teams in the North East of England. She has published research and co-authored a book in the specialist area of Autistic Spectrum and also written specialist programmes for parental training. Her statutory role involved supporting young people, families, schools and communities following critical Events such as sudden death and loss. Jan is a Registered Director and Trustee of Rainbows Bereavement Support GB, and is an active trainer in North Yorkshire and the North East.

Second Co-Chair of the Evaluation, Research and Development Group’, Dr Sue Kay-Flowers draws on her research experience in the area of children and young people’s relationships and earlier professional career in probation and the family courts to inform the strategic direction of the group. Her doctoral thesis 'Recalling childhood experiences of parental separation and divorce: an internet based phenomenology of young adult voices' (2014, University of Sheffield) led to creation of a new framework for understanding children's accommodation of parental separation and post separation changes and the book 'Childhood experience of separation and divorce' to be published by Policy Press in April 2019. As a Programme Leader at Liverpool John Moores University she is involved in supervising students researching at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level…………………………………………………………………………………………………...

For more information regarding this evaluation project or to request to be involved as one of the schools participating, please contact one of the two National Co-Directors:

Andrea Rodgers, National Co-Director (South)      andrea1.rainbowsgb@btconnect.com

Sharon Melia-Craven, National Co-Director (North) sharon.rainbowsgb@btconnect.com

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