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Understanding trauma and brain development

Why this is important 

The whole community benefits, economically and socially, when there is strong investment to ensure babies are born healthy and then supported to thrive (The Heckman Equation). The emotional and physical health, social skills, and cognitive-linguistic capacities that emerge in the early years are all important for success in school, the workplace, and in the larger community (Centre on the Developing Child). We now know that what occurs in a person’s first 1000 days of life can have lifelong effects.  Exposure to trauma during this critical period of development can have long-term effects on health and wellbeing. This starts even before birth (The First Thousand Days, An Evidence Paper, Sept 2017, Centre for Community Child Health).

A trauma-informed service system is one in which all aspects of service have been organised with an understanding of the role that trauma plays in the lives of their staff and the people they serve.  Working with people who have experienced trauma needs to be without judgement. A skilled and appropriately organised service system will minimise the risk of triggering trauma-related symptoms and will prevent further trauma.  By working together we can create a supportive and safe environment for all children, young people, families and staff.



Organisation and Staff self-assessment tools