Rainbows Bereavement Support GB

Our programmes provide an emotionally safe environment for children and young people to guide them through grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives because of a death, divorce, family separation or any other painful transition.

Rainbows Programmes provide a safe setting for children and young people to talk through their feelings with others who are experiencing similar situations. They are helped to articulate their feelings by a trained adult facilitator whom they know and trust. Confidentiality, which is at the heart of all Rainbows Programmes, is kept at all times unless a child or young person is at risk, in which case the school's safeguarding procedures are followed.

Rainbows Programmes provide age relevant materials which form a structured 12 – 14 week programme to assist children and young people through their grief and loss. Rainbows supports self-esteem, trust, confidence and resilience, whilst promoting positive emotional development and healthy relationships.

Parents and carers views:

“The Rainbows Programme made a huge difference to our family life. We found that our son was able to cope with his grief and loss.” (Parent)

“Going to Rainbows meant that they would realise there were other children in a similar situation, and they weren’t the only ones.” (Carer)

“I am grateful to the school and Rainbows programme for giving my child the opportunity to examine and grieve for her loss in a neutral and supportive environment.” (Parent)

“Rainbows has made my child grow in confidence, he has come out of his ‘shell’, rather than getting angry he now sits and talks his feelings through. The support he received was second to none. We could not have survived without Rainbows. Long may it continue.” (Parent)

(Research findings from ‘An evaluation of the direct impact of the Rainbows Programmes in supporting children and young people within South Yorkshire’ 2011)

Click Here to Download Summary of Research Document

To find your local Rainbows contact please click   HERE


Links to other support organisations.

We acknowledge that there are several national organisations working in the same field as ourselves. 

 We respect the very valuable work of these colleagues in these organisations and continue to seek collaboration through the sharing of good practice and expertise where appropriate.

 We believe that the scale of need amongst children and young people is such that in order to be true to our values we need to seek to work in partnership with them and view them as potential partners in serving children.


You may find the following links helpful:

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The Children's Society.

 A children's charity who help children of all faiths and none, including children at risk on the streets, disabled children, young refugees, young carers or those within the youth justice system.

 The Childrens Society.

 Childhood Bereavement Network

The Childhood Bereavement Network is a national, multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals working with bereaved children and young people


Cruse – Bereavement Care

Can offer referrals to Cruse branches and other bereavement and counselling services throughout the UK.  Also offers a telephone counselling service for those who are bereaved and those who care for bereaved people.



Guidance and practical support for parents and carers, schools and professionals.



Working closely with RAINBOWS GB with sites throughout Ireland working with children and young people grieving any loss through death and/or separation.




On-line information for young people who’ve lost someone close




Help for bereaved children and their families.

Guidance and support and information for anyone caring for a bereaved child