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Relationship Based Practice Guidance: A Trauma and ACE (TrACE) Informed Approach – Cwm Taf Pathfinder (July 2021)


Guidance on how Cwm Taf youth offending service have implemented a trauma-informed approach to working with children at the service.  


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 the AssetPlus framework.

Cwm Taf Youth Offending Service have adopted Relationship Based Practice (RBP) for working with children, which is a trauma informed approach. Underpinning the practice is the Trauma Recovery Model (TRM) (Skuse and Matthew, 2015).

The key characteristics of the Relationship Based Practice model are:

  • It offers a tiered level of service depending on the individual- child- needs
  • It is underpinned by the Trauma Recovery Model
  • A TrACE (trauma and adverse childhood experiences) informed assessment process
  • A timelining exercise
  • A developmental mapping exercise
  • An assessment of the child- position on the TRM
  • Consultation from a lead worker or psychologist
  • A TrACE informed lens to multi-agency planning
  • A set of recommendations are agreed sequenced as indicated by the child- position on the TRM
  • Case progress is regularly reviewed, and recommendations re-visited

Attached is the final guidance which looks at how Cwm Taf youth offending service have implemented a trauma informed way of working with children.

Implementing the practice

In order for the trauma informed method of working employed by Cwm Taf youth offending service the following elements are necessary:

  • ACEs awareness
  • TrACE practice training
  • Training of key team champions
  • ECM training
  • Adoption of the process – within the YOT
  • Management buy in to work this way

Note: For further information around working in a trauma informed way with children, Cwm taf YOS have also developed the following tools:

Making Assessment Trauma Informed – Cwm Taf Pathfinder (July 2021)
Working with the Trauma Recovery Model – Cwm Taf Pathfinder (August 2021)
Pathway and Planning Assessment – Cwm Taf Pathfinder (August 2021)


Youth justice service: Cwm Taf Pathfinder 
Name: Claire Williams  
Email: Claire.M.Williams@rctcbc.gov.uk