CH FBR 014

Trauma-informed approaches with young people: Frontline Briefing (2018)

Published: 01/08/2018

Author: Taggart D


This briefing is an introduction to trauma research for practitioners working with young people whose experiences (either earlier in their childhood and/or in the present) may lead to complex traumatic responses across the lifespan. The focus is on older adolescents and young adults (c. 17-25 year olds) but the messages have some application for younger teens. Given the large body of literature on trauma, the briefing provides a broad introduction, with a focus on helping frontline staff to work more effectively.

Reflective questions and practice implications

  • Child abuse, neglect and trauma have profound, long-lasting and far-reaching effects. It is the role of practitioners across social care to help young people manage the fallout and try to recover their lives.
  • In order to help trauma survivors we need to listen to them much more carefully, as active partners in creating personal, organisational and societal change.
  • What is it like for young people to cope with trauma and how can practitioners recognise it?
  • What can we do to support young people who have experienced trauma?

Professional Standards

PQS:KSS - Relationships and effective direct work | Communication | Child development | Child and family assessment | Analysis, decision-making, planning and review | Promote and govern excellent practice | Developing excellent practitioners | Effective use of power and authority

PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Critical reflection and analysis | Intervention and skills