Argyll and Bute continues to be one of three areas in Scotland leading the way in developing a trauma informed workforce. As part of this we have developed and collated a range of easy to use on line learning materials for everyone in the children’s services workforce to help support the different groups of staff who come into contact with children and families as part of their job.
Living through lockdown has been a challenge for all of us. For many living with the changes the virus has brought to our lives has been, and will continue to be, a uniquely traumatic experience. Many in our communities will have experienced traumatic experiences during lockdown; domestic abuse, neglect, emotional, physical and sexual abuse. For others the trauma will be less obvious, lockdown and the near constant media coverage will have triggered strong and prolonged feelings of fear, anxiety and worry, about ourselves and our loved ones or about a sense of lack of control and powerlessness over our own lives. Many of us will have known a near constant fear of losing someone close to us, be that because of the jobs they do or because they have been in one of the high risk groups. Others will have lost jobs, money and security for the future and some have lost loved ones they were unable to say goodbye to.
Everyone of us will have had a unique experience which will have impacted on us in different ways. To a greater or lesser extent this will leave many of us changed, sometimes in ways we won’t yet fully understand.
Returning to school and to work we are likely to see a range of behaviours that reflect the impact the virus has had on our lives, on our colleagues and on the children and families we support and who use our services. Working together with understanding will help us to reduce the potentially negative impact of this experience.
These materials have been developed to help us all, whatever job we do, be more attuned to these behaviours. They give us tools and approaches to understand and respond to them with empathy and sensitivity and to help support each other, our children and their families to move forward. A range of additional resources also provide for additional reading and guidance with specific issues or behaviours.
The materials are targeted at key groups of staff:
Trauma Informed: for everyone in the workforce who comes into contact with children or families – to raise awareness and understanding of trauma, how it impacts on us, and how we can best respond.
Trauma Skilled: for staff who are having to respond to families, children and colleagues who may be showing trauma related behaviours and those managing or leading teams or services, including our Named Persons and Lead Professionals.
Your manager or agency lead can be contacted if you have any questions or support needs. Further information, self-help, and ideas for your school or service in approaches to mental health is available here
All staff working in schools should watch the Sowing Seeds film before completing Exploring the role that schools can play in supporting learners who have experienced trauma. If you are a Named Person or a member of a pastoral support team in education, please complete the Exploring the role that schools can play in supporting learners who have experienced trauma, in the above trauma informed section, before starting the Developing your Trauma Skilled Practice module.
Sowing Seeds: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People (NES)
Increase awareness of the impact of trauma in children and adolescents and of ‘trauma informed’ ways of working
Completion time: 11 minutes
Exploring the role that schools can play in supporting Learners who have experienced trauma
Please note that in the video by Jaz Ampaw Farr, Jaz explains that her life as a child was a fire of neglect, torture and every kind of abuse. There are no graphic descriptions but please be aware that you could be upset by the content. Please know your own tolerance and trigger thresholds and look after yourself and/or seek support as needed.
Developing your trauma skilled practice (NES)
Supporting you to work with people who have experienced psychological trauma and adversity.
To open this module you will need to create an account on NHS Education for Scotland TURAS website if you don’t already have one. This is quick and easy to do.
Completion time: approx. 1.25 Hours
Location: for existing Turas users: Turas log in
Use the link above to sign in and access the module by typing “Developing your trauma skilled practice” into the search bar.
Location: If you are new to Turas: Turas user registration
Follow the instructions for creating a profile and accessing a verification code. Once you have done this you can log in and access the module by typing “Developing your trauma skilled practice” into the search bar.
Nina Koruth - Supporting children and young people to recover from the effects of psychological trauma
Dr Nina Koruth, Principal Educator at NHS Education for Scotland and Consultant Clinical Psychologist discusses the impact of trauma on children and young people, and the approaches we can all take to support them to recover.
Completion time: 10 minutes
Introduction to trauma in children, young people and their families
This module is aimed at clinicians working within specialist CAMHS services to provide a general introduction to trauma and the ways in which it may present in children, young people ans their families. It encourages trauma-informed care and provides information to support early stage assessment and formulation. Keywords: Trauma, complex trauma; PTSD; assessment; formulation; children; young people; families; developmental stages; risk; resilience; reactions
Completion Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Learning Outcomes: (1.)Explain how PTSD and Complex PTSD present in children and young people and understand the differences between them, (2.)Describe a range of reactions to traumatic experience at different developmental stages for the child or young person and those around them, (3.)Identify risk and resilience factors for developing mental health difficulties as a result of exposure to trauma at different developmental stages, (4.)Understand the need for Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Specific services, (5.)Be aware of helpful ways to react to children and young people who have experienced trauma as well as their carers, including what to say, relevant information and resources which can be provided and other services which can be used to support their well being, (6.)Be aware of approaches to assessment and formulation of trauma in children and young people (7.) Be aware of recommendations for the treatment of trauma in children and young people.
Format: ZIP File
Trauma Informed Training Conference
A one day conference was held on 11th December 2019 to launch the children’s services workforce development training programme. Find out more about the Trauma Informed Training Conference 2019.