A LOCAL politician has marked Children's Grief Awareness Week at the Scottish Parliament.

It comes after Natalie Don MSP took part in a debate on the topic which was led by Stuart McMillan MSP and heard touching contributions from all parties.

This year's theme for the week is "The Shape of Your Support", which focuses on the people around a bereaved child or young person.

While closing the debate, the Renfrewshire politician reflected on her own personal experience of losing her Dad at two years old.

During it, the MSP highlighted the lack of support that was available to her and her Mum at the time and the lasting impacts it has had.

Natalie Don MSP said: "This is a very important topic to me, given my own experience of childhood bereavement.

“The Scottish Government recognises that bereavement can affect many aspects of life, which is why a Cross Policy Bereavement Network has been set up to ensure there is a more joined-up approach from Ministers, enabling more strategic government action and providing a single point of access for bereavement partners. 

“The Scottish Government has also provided over £14 million each year to 115 organisations that provide invaluable support and guidance to children and their families that have lost a loved one.

“We also know that there is more to do, which is why the Scottish Government will continue to engage with and listen to the bereavement sector in order to provide a collaborative approach to supporting those who need it most.”