Resources for road crash victim support professionals

Support during the COVID-19 pandemic

If you are caring for someone who has been bereaved by a road death during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, it is important to know how to help them as best you can, and how to look after your own wellbeing too. Being bereaved during this pandemic will be challenging. Government restrictions to slow the spread of coronavirus (such as social distancing and self-isolation) mean that many people cannot spend time with their loved one’s body after their death, nor hold a normal memorial gathering.

Faced with this particularly challenging type of bereavement, people may experience a range of difficult feelings and symptoms.

Our online support resources are still available to bereaved families. You may also find it useful to read some of the information on our Sudden website (supporting those bereaved by sudden death) that relates to bereavement during, and by, COVID-19:

This webpage contains links to resources produced by Brake for support professionals, including our FLO road death support e-guide and guidance report on supporting individuals who have been affected by a traumatic brain injury. 

As well as using the support guides below, if you are supporting someone who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a road crash, you can also access support and information from Brake’s helpline on freephone 0808 8000 401. 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.

Brake is the national provider of support literature for adults and children bereaved following road death, and also provides guidance for people affected by serious injury following a crash.

Brake also runs an initiative called Sudden to help ensure people suddenly bereaved by any cause can access quality support, by sharing advice, best practice, research and resources among carers and support professionals. Guides for people suddenly bereaved by any cause are also available.                                          

Guidance for professionals working with bereaved families

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FLO road death support e-guide
This e-guide is an invaluable tool for new FLOs, existing FLOs, their trainers and managers, and anyone wishing to develop their understanding of the role of FLOs. It is not an alternative to official guidance or training delivered by the police to FLOs, but can be a valuable additional learning tool, emphasising the perspective of the victim. It has been prepared by Brake with the help of police officers experienced in supporting families bereaved by road crashes.


Guidance for professionals supporting people with a serious injury

Support following brain injury

Brain injury guidance page

Providing effective support following brain injury report
This guidance report provides an essential overview for all professionals and support workers working with victims of road crashes who have suffered a traumatic brain injury. Sections included cover commonly experienced symptoms of a traumatic brain injury, methods used to assess the condition and also an overview of care and rehabilitation options.

Brain injury guidance page

Providing effective support following a brain injury seminar resources
Presentations and handouts from our 'Providing effective support following a brain injury' seminar, held on Thursday 8 September 2016 in Bristol, and Thursday 18 May 2017 in Manchester, are now available for download. Topics covered included the effect that a traumatic brain injury can have on individuals, and guidance on rehabilitation and the transition to independent living.
Support following spinal injury 

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Providing effective support following spinal injury

Content covered in the report includes an accessible overview of the symptoms and effects of traumatic spinal injury, alongside guidance on best practice in rehabilitation, care and management of an injury.

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