Becoming trauma-informed is not an end state, but a journey. It’s about awareness, sensitivity, compassion and empathy at every level, and in every place. Trauma informed practice is not a therapy; it’s a way in which every one of us can help others who may have experienced trauma.
A trauma–informed approach is based on a recognition and understanding of the widespread experience of adversity and trauma in the lives of children, young people and their families.
Trauma informed practice, like restorative practice, is a ‘way of being‘ in our relationships with other people. At its heart is a fundamental shift from thinking ‘What is wrong with you?‘ to considering ‘What happened to you?‘.
When we first meet people we don’t usually know what they have experienced in life. And the person may not realise they have experienced trauma. We don’t need to know, to bring trauma-informed practice into our work; it’s a helpful way of working for everybody, regardless of their life experiences.
Making trauma informed practice a universal approach supports everybody. It magnifies the power of every moment and interaction in our work and relationships to help people feel safe.