Published on
12 July 2019

Barnardo's Scotland welcomes Scottish Governments Trauma Training Plan 

Commenting on the launch of Scottish Governments Psychological Trauma Training Plan, Laura Falconer, Barnardo’s Assistant Director of Impact for Mental Health and Wellbeing said:  “Barnardo’s is currently embarking on and investing in a journey to become a more trauma-responsive organisation, embracing and embedding the cultural and whole systems change involved in the process”

“We are therefore fully supportive of the Scottish Government’s ambition for Scotland’s entire workforce to be trauma-informed and we very much welcome the Trauma Training Plan published today which sets out a clear road map for organisations and services to drive forward trauma-informed and responsive practice within their own work.

“The Scottish Government has made a strong and welcome commitment on this issue and this Plan is the next important step towards ensuring we have a trauma-informed workforce able to recognise, respond to, and support children, young people and their families who have experienced trauma.

“Learning from our own internal work has highlighted the importance of embedding trauma-informed values, principles and practices within the culture and fabric of the workforce. We’ve considered aspects such as sustainability; if key people left, would the values and practice still be alive and central, interwoven into day-to-day practice, as well as being hardwired into policies, practice, and decision-making?

“This is the kind of transformational change which takes time, resource and investment and we welcome reference in the Plan to the importance of Leadership and the role Government and Leaders must play in communicating this vision, and providing support to translate this vision into reality.

“We also know that training is just one element so we welcome acknowledgement within the Plan that a key consideration for organisations will be the availability of coaching and supervision to support workers to apply new skills following any training. This is essential and links directly to a Discussion Paper we published last week on the need for Professional Supervision within Education, for exactly this reason” [1]

 “The Programme for Government 2018/19 committed to investing an additional £250 million over 5 years in mental health and we would like to see additional investment in the Trauma Training Plan as part of this commitment.

“Ensuring all the adults who work with children and young people can be trauma-responsive is an essential part of an early intervention and prevention approach to mental health. We know from our services that when children and young people have emotionally available and responsive adults around them, in all aspects of their lives, their mental health can flourish.

“We hope this Training Plan is the start of a wider movement and transformation of the Scottish workforce towards becoming truly trauma-responsive and we look forward to working with NHS Education for Scotland the Scottish Government to ensure this vision becomes a reality”.



Notes to Editors

Scottish Government - Identifying and responding to trauma

The Scottish Psychological Trauma Training plan (pdf)

Barnardo’s Scotland works with more than 16,300 children and young people in over 140 specialised community-based services across Scotland, and more than 100 shops across the country directly supporting the services. Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

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