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Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach

It is the Scottish Government, COSLA and many other partners’ ambition to have a trauma-informed and responsive workforce and services across Scotland. This means that universally, across all systems and services, we recognise where people are affected by trauma and adversity, respond in ways that prevent further harm and support recovery, and improve life chances for people affected by trauma.

The National Trauma Training Programme (NTTP), developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and funded by the Scottish Government, supports the development of a trauma-informed workforce across Scotland. The NTTP has produced a wide range of core resources, including a leadership development component, to support all sectors of the workforce to up-skill staff to the appropriate level of trauma-informed and responsive practice and, critically, to embed and sustain this model of working. These resources are freely accessible on the NTTP website.

Whilst staff training is a key component of any organisation’s journey to becoming trauma-informed and responsive, equally important are the processes, policies and environments across all of our services, organisations and multi-agency systems that can enable and maintain the ambition of a truly trauma-informed nation.

To support this work, the Improvement Service provides a range of support to local authorities and other key stakeholders to raise awareness of the benefits of a trauma-informed approach across systems, services and the workforce, and to strengthen the capacity and capability of councils and partners to implement a trauma-informed approach. We also aim to support local councils and their partners to improve outcomes for people affected by psychological trauma by coordinating the Trauma Champions Network.

Laura James - National Improvement Lead, Trauma
Rowena McIntosh – Trauma Project Manager