Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach

Research shows that trauma can have an adverse impact on people's lives, increasing their risk of experiencing poorer physical and mental health and poorer social, educational and criminal justice outcomes than people who do not experience trauma. However, this inequality of outcomes is not inevitable, with a growing evidence-base suggesting that adopting trauma-informed systems and practices can help improve health, wellbeing and 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 have produced a wide range of universally accessible core resources, including a leadership development component, to support all sectors of the workforce to upskill 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.

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.

Laura James - Project Manager, Trauma