Video resources- The Learnings

The Learnings video series is a resource to help schools understand the needs of young people who have a parent with a cancer diagnosis.



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The Learnings Part 1: Advice from our Youth Parliament for School Staff

This short film is a guide to understanding children and young people’s emotions and views when returning to school after the death of a loved one. By young people who have gone through this themselves.

The Learnings Part 2: Advice from other Teaching Staff

This short film is a guide on how to make school a welcoming and safe space after the death of a parent, both emotionally and practically.

The Learnings Part 3: The Elephant in the Room

This is a short film on the importance of talking about a loved one to young people after someone has died. The Cancer Focus Youth Parliament read Terry Kettering’s famous poem and offer a reflection on how important it is to be open and honest about loss and not to hide it away.

Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund for the project funding.

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Cancer Focus NI worked in partnership with film-making company esc film to create The Journey.