Building Well-Being Through Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems
Recognizing the impact that trauma has on a child’s behavior, development, and relationships is imperative to building well-being in children and youth who have experienced maltreatment and other trauma. Implementing trauma-informed child welfare practices is an essential step to better meeting the needs of those involved in the child welfare system. In this section, child welfare professionals can find resources to help understand triggers, promote positive and stable relationships, and provide a sense of control for children through a trauma-informed system of care.
Provides tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help child welfare professionals, other mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children.
Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health
eReview: Child Welfare Series, March2011
Illustrates how child welfare systems are changing to better meet the trauma needs of children. Specific attention is paid to policies and practices in Minnesota.
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In Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (2008)
Reviews 10 useful elements in providing trauma-informed care.
Children's Bureau Express, 13(1), 2012
Highlights the Children's Bureau's Integrating Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Practice in Child Protective Service Delivery grant cluster, as well as other trauma-informed research and resources.
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Safe Start Center & Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (2011)
Explains the impact exposure to violence can have on children, the harm that can result unless they receive support to help them cope and heal, and the role of the child welfare worker in responding to children exposed to violence. More Trauma Informed Care Tip Sheets are also available.
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (2011)
Describes behaviors of traumatized youth, techniques for building trusting relationships with youth, and ways to give youth a sense of control.
Using Reflective Supervision to Support Trauma-Informed Systems for Children: A White Paper Developed for the Multiplying Connections Initiative
Offers a model for administrators, program directors, and supervisors in child welfare agencies to provide services and support through trauma-informed systems.