Building a trauma-informed workforce - survey
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Traumatic events and experiences are more common than was previously recognised, and they can happen to anyone. Abuse, neglect and other traumatic and adverse experiences, particularly those experienced in childhood, can have devastating and long lasting effects on people’s lives although we know there is also many effective ways of supporting people in their recovery. The workforce is also affected by trauma, through their own personal experience and, in many cases, in the course of their work as well.

The ambition of the Scottish Government and many other partners across Scotland, is for a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive workforce, with a recognition that we all have a role to play in understanding and responding to people affected by psychological trauma. The aim is to ensure that services are delivered in ways that prevent further harm or re-traumatisation for those who have experienced psychological trauma or adversity at any stage in their lives and support their unique recovery journey.

To support this, we are carrying out a short anonymous survey which will help us understand more about current levels of understanding of psychological trauma across the workforce, and to what extent trauma informed practice is currently embedded and where additional support may be required in future.

The survey takes around 5 minutes of your time and is available at:

The closing date is Friday, 5 March 2021.

Please share this survey widely with your colleagues and networks. It is important that we get as broad as possible an understanding of the levels of awareness and familiarity across the whole workforce. This survey is primarily aimed at all staff working across all sectors of the Scottish workforce in both the public and voluntary sectors, however we would also welcome the views of staff working in the private sector, particularly those in the social care sector.

Many of us will be exposed to events that have the potential to cause distress and disrupt our lives. In addition, we know that the experience of the pandemic has exposed some of the workforce to additional traumatic experiences. Please note that this survey does not ask any questions about personal experiences of trauma.

This page provides information about useful services if you are seeking support with recovery from psychological trauma: