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Trauma Informed Practice

What is trauma?

Trauma is when we experience very stressful, frightening or distressing events that are difficult to cope with or out of our control. It could be one incident, or an ongoing event that happens over a long period of time. Most of us will experience an event in our lives that could be considered traumatic.

Trauma-informed practice is an approach to health and care interventions which is grounded in the understanding that trauma exposure can impact an individual’s neurological, biological, psychological and social development.

Guidance And Resources

The office for Health Improvement and Disparities provide the following guidance to staff:

This briefing summarises evidence to inform the development of trauma-informed organisational and locality approaches and explains why, through using trauma informed approaches to re-shape services and practice, we are more likely to be able to engage with people affected by trauma.

A general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect.

The West Midlands Violence Reduction Partnership have webinars available to view below:

Research In Practice have developed a suite of videos on Making trauma-informed practice a reality which are available to view here

DSPP have developed short briefings to assist in learning on this topic:

View all of our Safer7 briefings here

Procedures and Pathways