'Sudden' initiative for support professionals and emergency services in Scotland

Police Car with lights on

Digby Brown are supporting Sudden, a charitable initiative by Brake, the road safety charity, who are encouraging support professionals and emergency services personnel to sign up now for its not-for-profit conference ‘Supporting people who are suddenly bereaved'.

This conference, which we are sponsoring, takes place at the Police College in Fife on Monday 7 October 2013. Aimed at a wide range of professionals, including police Family Liaison Officers, emergency service personnel, health professionals and bereavement support workers, the conference is a professional development opportunity for all those working with people bereaved suddenly, for example through road crashes, homicide and suicide.

The event will showcase best practice in sensitively and effectively supporting people who are suddenly bereaved. Delegates will learn directly from experienced professionals who regularly work with bereaved families. They will also be signposted to a range of agencies offering services that can provide additional support and guidance for bereaved families and the professionals working with them.

Speakers and topics include:

  • David Green, head of the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit (SFIU)
    How the SFIU works with police and the bereaved following sudden death
  • Susan Donaldson, lead nurse, SNBTS Tissues & Cells Directorate
    Sensitively dealing with tissue donation
  • Louise Macrae, support service manager, Brake

Supporting families affected by sudden death through Brake support services and Sudden

Fraser Simpson, Digby Brown Partner and volunteer media spokesperson for Brake in Scotland, said:

"Every year we help and represent thousands of people across Scotland affected by road traffic crashes. We see at first hand the very real difference that emergency services personnel, support professionals and police Family Liaison Officers can make to victims of road crashes, bereaved families and those seriously injured on our roads.

"I hope as many professionals as possible, working with the victims of road traffic crashes and others who have been suddenly bereaved, will take advantage of this conference and training initiative."

About Brake
Brake – the road safety charity exists for a simple reason - because every 30 seconds someone, somewhere in the world, is killed in a road crash. The charity campaigns strongly on issues which would help reduce the misery of road deaths and injuries.

Digby Brown’s work with Brake

Digby Brown Solicitors is a corporate sponsor of Brake, in Scotland, as well as sponsoring the Brake helpline number which is for anyone who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash or their carers, whether the crash happened recently or a long time ago.

The helpline has four key goals: Emotional support, information and advocacy, a lawyer for you and counselling and support groups. For more information on any of these issues visit the brake website by clicking here.

The Brake helpline can be reached by calling 0845 603 8570 or by emailing helpline@brake.org.uk

Fraser Simpson discusses our work with Brake in this short video