Trauma and wellbeing

There is wide youth justice sector interest around the impact of attachment, trauma and adverse childhood experiences on children in the youth justice system and the relationship to their offending behaviour.

Trauma-informed approaches aim to work with children to help them to feel physically and emotionally safe, to develop trust, to take account of their preferences and incorporate their input into decision-making. In creating collaboration, children may become empowered to maximise their strengths, capabilities and potential.

This section provides information about how trauma-informed practice is developing and resources that can support it. it also contains information regarding drug and mental wellbeing resources.

Summary:   Attached is the link to HM Inspectorate of Probation Academic Insights report concerned with neurodiversity in youth justice.   Description: Neurodiversity: Embracing inclusivity in youth justice settings - Professor Amanda Kirby (February 2021) HM Inspectorate of Probation have published, Neurodiversity – a whole-child approach for youth justice report. The report summarises the evidence base around neurodiversity and the lessons…
Summary:  Attached is the link to an article by Beacon House Therapeutic Services in relation to working with children which have experienced developmental trauma.    Description: Beacon House Therapeutic Services have published Developmental Trauma - Close Up. The article draws on current evidence and thinking to re-frame the ‘problems’ often seen in these children as ‘wise adaptations’ to the lessons…
Summary:  Attached is the evaluation of the Trauma Informed Group Work Programme developed by Lewisham YOS.     Aims: The Lewisham Trauma Informed Group Work Programme is an intervention that aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in under-18s due to violent assaults     Description: The Lewisham Trauma Informed Group Work Programme is an intervention that aims to reduce morbidity…
Summary: Attached is the guidance on how Cwm Taf YOS have implemented a trauma informed approach to working with children at the YOS.      Description: Cwm Taf youth offending service was commissioned, through the YJB Pathfinder strand of work to produce a range of resources for YOTs to assist them to develop trauma-informed practice, which works in conjunction with…
Summary: Attached below are a description of the first three tiers of the Trauma Recovery Model.      Description: Attached below are a variety of tools developed by Cwm Taf youth offending service, these look at the first three tiers (levels) of the Trauma Recover Model and how YOTs can work with children assessed to be at each level. Cwm…
Summary: Attached is the evaluation of a variety of programmes running across England in relation to working in partnership and commissioning between agencies in relation to clinical pathways for children.      Description:In response to Future in Mind, the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health was commissioned by NHS England (now NHS England and NHS Improvement) to outline a…
Summary:  Attached is the full report from Power The Fight in regards to the cultural responses to trauma and serious youth violence using TIP approach.     Aims: To provide appropriate and culturally sensitive support to improve children’s mental health and reduce their vulnerability to involvement in serious youth violence.     Description: The project aimed to build resilience, by…
Summary: Attached is Nottingham YJS methodology of working in a trauma informed way with children through Safety, Trust, Choice, Collaboration and Empowerment. Age:  n/a Sex: n/a Cost:  n/a     Aims: To assist staff in developing their knowledge and skills in creating a trauma informed environment when working with children and young people.     Description: It has been recognised…
Summary: Attached is the link to access a series of animations to support children understand trauma.   Description: The Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service has launched a series of animations, co-created with children and young people from the North Kensington Community.  The resources are aimed at helping children and young people understand trauma; how symptoms can result in changes to…
Summary:  Attached are two documents from YJB and Stakeholders that look at Enhanced Case Management in relation to Child First principles. Age: n/a Sex: n/a Cost: n/a     Description:Attached below are two core documents un relation to enhanced case management and child first principles: Enhanced Case Management: Implementing the Approach – Attached is the practice guidance, which has been…
iCoN stands for "In Control of Now" and looks to give young people control over their futures. It uses a trauma-informed approach to work with those young people who have been assessed as experiencing some form of trauma.   I-CoN is commissioned by the North East London Resettlement Consortia (NELRC) to deliver a clinically-led outreach trauma service. It is aimed…
Age: 10-17 Sex: n/a Cost: none      Aim: The tool supports practitioners in completing an in depth mental health assessment on young people and helps identify what the areas for concern are. The information gathered from the tool can then assist in completing a referral into mental health services .     Description:The tool is comprised of 23 question…
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