IS pledges support for trauma-informed working
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The Improvement Service (IS) has signed up to the National Trauma Training Programme’s Leadership Pledge of Support to show our commitment to embedding trauma-informed principles and practice in our work.

Signatories to the pledge agree to:

  • work with others to put trauma-informed and responsive practice in place across our workforce and services
  • deliver services that wherever possible are actively informed by people with lived experience of trauma
  • recognise the central importance of relationships that offer collaboration, choice, empowerment, safety and trust as part of a trauma-informed approach
  • respond in ways that prevent further harm, and that reduce barriers so that people affected by trauma have equal access to the services they need, when they need it, to support their own journey of recovery.

The IS, working with the Scottish Government, COSLA and the National Trauma Training Programme, led by NHS Education for Scotland, also provides support to local authorities and other key stakeholders to raise awareness of the benefits of a trauma-informed approach and to strengthen the capacity and capability of councils and partners to implement such an approach. The support includes events, briefings, a community of practice and a programme of support for trauma champions.

Sarah Gadsden, IS Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to join many other organisations and services across Scotland in pledging our shared commitment to supporting and embedding trauma-informed culture.

“The Improvement Service is committed to embedding a trauma-informed way of working in all that we do as an organisation, and we look forward to supporting councils and other key community planning partners to strengthen trauma-informed policy and practice across their workforce, systems and services.”