Brake runs a programme of events and training for professionals who support people bereaved or injured by road crashes, or bereaved by any type of sudden death.
if you are supporting someone who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash, you can access support and information from Brake’s helpline. Call 0808 8000 401 or email email@example.com. The Brake helpline is an accredited, professional source of emotional support, practical information, referral to other sources of help, and advocacy to help you overcome difficulties.
You can also get free resources, reports and guidance to help you support people affected by road crashes.
Events and training for FLOs
Police Family Liaison Officer Awards
Brake's Police Family Liaison Officer Awards celebrate and recognise the outstanding achievements and support provided by police FLOs, and showcase best practice in supporting families following a road death or serious injury. Adigital awards ceremony will take place during Road Safety Week, 16-22 November 2020, recognising three category winners and highly commended entries. Best practice case-studies for our winners will also be published.
Police FLO regional sessions
A programme of personal development training sessions for police FLOs. The agenda and topics are ‘hot topics’ based on feedback from FLOs and key stakeholders. Brake will be running four digital sessions in 2020. Find out more.
Police FLO conference: family liaison following road death and injury
COVID-19 update: Please note the FLO conference has been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In place of the FLO conference, Brake is producing a series of online resources in liaison with families bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash. These resources will be launched and available to view during Road Safety Week, 16-22 November 2020. Find out more.
Police FLO input sessions on road death
Brake runs free input sessions for police FLOs on liaison with people bereaved by road crashes. A trained volunteer, who has been bereaved in a crash, can visit your training centre and speak about their experiences, empathetic liaison, and Brake's support services. The presentation can include additional input from relevant experts.
COVID-19 update: Please note all PAT sessions have been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meeting the psychological and financial needs of those suffering life-changing injuries
Tuesday 6 October, 2pm BST
When someone suffers a life-changing injury (such as a spinal injury, limb loss or head injury in a road crash, or from some other violent and unexpected event), medical care and rehabilitation are always the primary concern.
This webinar addresses two other critical aspects that must not be overlooked: psychological well-being of the injured person and family members; and financial stability to ensure high levels of care long term. The event will call on a range of experts who work with families suffering a life-changing injury, including counsellors, personal injury solicitors and charities, to explore best practice and examples of positive outcomes.
The webinar will also seek to explore any evidence of psychological benefits of enabling seriously injured people to access opportunities to campaign for change, to prevent similar injuries in the future, and how to safeguard their needs during such opportunities.
- Mandy Rutter, consultant, Mandy Rutter Consultancy
- Polly Herbert, Partner and Head of Serious and Catastrophic Injury, CFG Law
Who should attend?
This webinar is appropriate for health and social care professionals, police, employers, charity workers, legal representatives, funeral directors and all other professionals who may help bereaved / injured people as part of their role.
This webinar is sponsored by CFG Law.
The Aftermath: caring for people suffering sudden bereavement or life-changing injury
Tuesday 28 July 2020
Sponsored by Slater + Gordon Lawyers
A sudden bereavement, life-changing injury, or rapid deterioration in health may be due to medical reasons (such as COVID-19 or a stroke) or through an event (such as a road crash, homicide, terrorism or suicide). Due to COVID-19, numbers of people affected in these ways are rising rapidly.
People affected are vulnerable, particularly in a time of increased risk of isolation due to physical distancing. People often have acute needs due to shock combined with practical and complex challenges; ranging from mental health, to caring for bereaved children, to loss of income. Safeguarding from day one is essential, with needs identified quickly and met by order of priority, and active monitoring of wellbeing, for example signs of disorders such as Prolonged Grief Disorder or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
This webinar was run by Brake for professionals who support people bereaved or injured by road crashes, or bereaved by any type of sudden death. The content is relevant for health and social care professionals, police, employers, charity workers, legal representatives, funeral directors and all other professionals who may help bereaved / injured people as part of their role.
Speakers covered the following topics:
- Trauma reactions – keeping people safe, supported and restoring their choices and control
- Mental health watchful waiting – active monitoring and clinical intervention methodologies
- Case management – ensuring a pathway of care from day one to wellbeing goals
- When the worst happened – case studies of practitioner experience
Sudden is an initiative by Brake to support suddenly bereaved people and the people caring for them. Our mission is to ease the suffering of people bereaved by any kind of sudden death.
Find out more at sudden.org.