Disability & Siblings

Books and resources for bereaved children and young people

A Pocket Full of Plasters - 10 fold-out 'plasters' of advice for young people to read at difficult times

I Can…You Can cards - A set of four postcards for bereaved children and young people to alert their parent or carer, friend or teacher how they can help through this difficult time, and to remind themselves of coping strategies.

Stepping Stones cards - A set of four postcards for children and young people when someone important to them is seriously ill to alert people close to them how they can help through this difficult time.

A Star For Bobby by Helen Keenor - A book for young children about the death of a brother or sister, explaining why sometimes these things happen and how this may be making them feel.

No Worries, Hello Happy, Stay Strong, Be Brave by Dr Sharie Coombes - Set of four books using writing, colouring, doodling and drawing to explore fears, worries and negative feelings, and develop new ways to cope

A Birthday Present for Daniel by Juliet Rothman - Suitable for ages 9 to 12 years. A young girl whose brother has died describes how she feels and tells about some of the things her family does to help them accept his death.

We were gonna have a baby, but we had an angel instead - Suitable for children who are suffering the loss of their family’s pregnancy.

Silly Billy by Anthony Browne - For children who worry

When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief (Drawing Out Feelings) by Marqge Heegaard - Creates ways for children to explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events of grief, family loss and change.  

These Precious Little People by Frankie Brunker & Gillian Gamble - Anyone supporting children affected by the death of a baby can use this book as a way to develop an understanding of their grief.

When Dinosaurs Die by Laurie Kransy Brown and Marc Brown - A guide to help answer questions and explore feelings about the death of a loved one, including ways to remember someone after he or she has died.

Angry Arthur by Hiawyn Oram & Satoshi Kitamura - A book to understand and explore anger

Sometimes by Rebecca Elliott - A story of a boy who’s sister spends a lot of time in hospital

I Miss You: A First Look at Death by Pat Thomas - This reassuring picture book explores the difficult issue of death for young children in a simple but realistic way.

Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris - A story about the loss of a pet to help young readers deal with loss.

Out of the Blue by Julie Stokes & Paul Oxley - This book has been written and designed specifically for teenagers with aim of supporting them through bereavement using a range of activities.

Always and Forever by Debi Gliori & Alan Durant - With thoughtful, delicate illustrations, this gentle story is just right for anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one.

Sad Book by Michael Rosen’s - A beautifully illustrated read for adults and children about love and loss which explains why it's ok to be sad sometimes

No Matter What by Debi Gliori - A heartfelt story about the unconditional love each parent feels for their child  

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine by Diana Crossley - Activity book for bereaved younger children, using activities and exercises to explore the many difficult feelings which inevitably follow when someone dies. 

I Miss my Sister - For children aged 4 - 10 years, using illustrations help to guide children through grief and different emotions following the death of a sibling.

NHS Health A-Z - Conditions and treatments

Information about conditions, treatments and support for carers

Easy health leaflets

Large range of leaflets on different topics, explained in an accessible format

Sheffield Sibling Support Group

12 week programme for young people aged 8-18 who have a brother or sister with a disability, giving them the chance to meet other children who have brothers and sisters with a disability, talk about their feelings, learn about disabilities and access useful information, make new friends, have fun and spend time that is just focused on them.

Sibs (Something Interesting for Brothers and Sisters)

Student led volunteer project, offering free fun days out for children aged 8 to 12 years old who have a brother or sister with a disability. Activities run monthly on Saturdays (during term-time) giving children and break and the chance to meet others in similar situations. Tel 0114 222 8544

Young Sibs website

Information, advice and support for young people who have siblings with disabilities including information about specific disabilities. There is also use a chat facility that young people can register to use and a space to email questions to a sibling advisor.

Support and advice if you have a parents with a disability or illness (leaflet)

Leaflet for young people including information on what disabilities are, how can having a parent with a disability can affect you and how to get help and support.

Parent/carers guide to the SEND reforms

The Sheffield Parent Carer Forum has published a guide for parents to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) reforms. The guide explains what is changing, how the new processes will work in Sheffield, and how youngsters will make the transition from the old to the new system. It includes a number of useful tips – written by parents, for parents! – as well as a “jargon buster” and a list of useful contacts.

Short Breaks Grants for Parents / Carers of Disabled Children & Young People

One-off payment up to £400 per family to support parents or carers of disabled children and young people to access a short break

ACCT (Asperger’s Children and Carers Together)

Parent-led support group for children and families affected by Asperger’s syndrome. ACCT run activity groups for children and teenagers with Asperger’s, as well as day trips and other outings. Siblings are welcome too. ACCT also host weekly drop-in sessions and monthly meetings for parents and carers.