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Trauma Informed Practice: A Multi-Agency Approach

Why is the BHSCP providing this course?

Trauma, particularly in early childhood, can have severe impact on a child throughout their life. It can manifest as behavioural issues, and have a severe effect on both their mental and physical health. When they grow older they may can be drawn into violence, criminal activity, and self-harm, as well as being more likely to engage in health-harming behaviours. These issues can continue to have effect on the manner in which they interact with others throughout their life, including their own children, and they are more likely to become a victim of abuse, or a potential perpetrator, in their own relationships.

We often refer to these traumatic events Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). Almost half of the adult population of England have had some form of adversity within their childhood or adolescence. These can include bereavement, neglect, violence, being witness to domestic abuse, sexual assault and substance use by parents and carers.

This training event will raise awareness of the issues relating to working with children and families where there has been some form of trauma. This is a joint enterprise between the BHSCP, Public Health, and partners from Sussex University.

Target Audience:

Members of staff, who work predominantly with children, young people and their families, parents or carers, and who could potentially contribute to the assessment, intervention and reviewing the safeguarding needs for a child or young person, where there are safeguarding concerns, and or potential risks of exploitation.

For Children’s or Adult Services staff, there is an expectation that they will follow a training pathway, using the multi-agency training as Day 1. They will then be expected to undertake Day 2, provided as in-house single agency training by Workforce Development. All the training dates will be available via the Learning Gateway.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review the causes of trauma and impact on children, adults and families (including intra-generational trauma).
  • Recognise trauma responses, understanding resilience and post traumatic growth in ourselves and the people we work with.
  • Practice skills and share resources in responding in a sensitive and relationship based way to trauma.
  • Examine vicarious trauma and the impact on professionals.
  • Review the learning and embed new skills into practice.


To book a place on our safeguarding training use the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway.

For support or enquiries about using the gateway please call 01273 291460 or email

Training is free for Children’s Services staff, school staff, foster carers, community/voluntary sector groups, BHCC contracted organisations in Children’s Services, statutory health organisations, police and probation and all early years (including private early years) who are working in Brighton & Hove. For private organisations and those working outside the city the cost is £120.

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