Date lodged: 7 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what immediate support is offered to young people people following the death of a family member when the cause of death is associated with alcohol and/or drug misuse.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 21 August 2018
If a child or young person is known to services and has an allocated social worker, there will be on-going support offered, including if specialist support is required. If a child is not known to services, a GP referral with a parent or guardian will ensure that on-going, specialist support can be provided.
Further information on young people bereavement services can be found here: https://www.mygov.scot/child-bereavement/
The Scottish Government is committed to appointing a childhood bereavement coordinator to advise on steps that can be taken to drive forward improvements in bereavement services and support.