Working with traumatised children and young people

Training courses for foster carers

Children living within the care system experience trauma, be it a one off traumatic experience, their ongoing experience of family life or the transition into care.

Everyone reacts to such events, but the responses vary widely, ranging from numbness and withdrawal, to crying, nervousness, and agitation.

There is no “right” way to respond to or recover from a traumatic event. Over time,
some people are able to integrate these experiences and begin to heal. For others,
this is considerably more difficult. Some responses to trauma are prolonged,
intense, and interfere with a person’s ability to function.

Because traumatic events are prevalent, cause profound suffering, and may lead to
life altering responses, it is imperative that caregivers have the knowledge and
understanding to respond skilfully and compassionately to children who have been
exposed to traumatic stress.

This one day course focuses on many aspects of trauma, providing information and good practice strategies in working with children who have experienced trauma.

This 1 day course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards for foster care: