Oakleaf Liverpool Bereavement Service is a counselling service for the people in the Merseyside City Region who have been affected by a death. It is an inclusive service offering children and young people loss and grief counselling.

Oakleaf provides loss and grief counselling support to children and young people ages 4 to 19, and their families. Counselling is provided on a one to one basis, in groups, in schools or in our Family and Children’s room in Stanley Street Liverpool.

Do you take referrals directly from children/young people, parents/carers?

Yes, although only children 16 years and over for self-referrals.

What happens after a referral is made?

  • Oakleaf contact the referrer and paperwork are either emailed or posted to be completed by the legal guardian/parent. On return of the paperwork, the child/young person goes on our waiting list. When an appointment is available the guardian/parent is contacted.


  • Paperwork is checked. Guardian and child are seen together. Depending on the situation the parent/guardian either stays for the first session or just for the first 15 minutes. The parent/guardian can either leave the premises and return at the end of the session or stay in the waiting area in Liverpool Bereavement until the end of the session.


  • We provide six initial sessions then review. At the end of the session, feedback is taken from child and parent/guardian.

What skills do your staff have?

Everyone therapist who works with Oakleaf is a fully trained and certified counsellor who has an enhanced DBS check. They are also trained in bereavement and loss and working creatively with children.