Trauma is Everybody’s Business: Launch of Sowing Seeds

Simon Tarry

Simon Tarry, therapist and counsellor at EMDR Orkney,  has welcomed  the launch of Sowing Seeds.

Sowing Seeds’: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People

Developed in partnership with the Scottish Government, Sowing Seeds seeks to support trauma informed practice across the workforce, particularly for staff working with children and young people .

There are lots of new resources – visit National Trauma Training Framework

Three pilot areas have been chosen in Scotland to deliver advanced training to front line workers. The areas which will share £120,000 of Scottish Government funding are: Glasgow, Midlothian and Argyll and Bute.

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister  in the Scottish Government said:

“Abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences, especially in childhood, can have a devastating and long-lasting impact upon people’s lives.

“Frontline workers – who most frequently come into contact with people who have experienced trauma – must be able to respond confidently, with compassion and care. Not everyone needs to be an expert, but every interaction is an opportunity to support recovery and prevent re-traumatisation.”

This animation will help to explain what is meant by trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Dr Sandra Ferguson, National Coordinator of the Trauma Training Programme at NHS Education for Scotland said:

“Over the first year of this programme, we have been delighted with the huge levels of enthusiasm and interest across Scotland.  Almost 3,000 people have received face-to-face training and many more have worked with the team to help their organisations become trauma-informed.

“Scotland was the first country to develop a Knowledge and Skills Framework for Psychological Trauma, and a lot of remarkable work is underway to improve how we all respond to the needs of people affected by traumatic and adverse experiences.

ACES-1“This programme will help equip the workforce with skills and confidence to respond, in line with the principles of trauma informed practice.”

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