Trauma informed care: why bother? How does it work and does it help?

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health
Wednesday 25 July, 1432 – 1448


Nicola Palfrey
Director, Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief ANU College of Health & Medicine

There is increasing awareness and evidence of the pervasiveness of childhood trauma, its long-term impacts and the subsequent need to ensure that systems and services that work with children and families are sensitive and responsive to the impact of trauma on those they serve. Trauma informed Care (TIC) involves three primary domains: workforce development (training, awareness raising); trauma-focused services (standardised screening measures and evidence-based practices); and organisational practices (collaboration, service coordination and clear policies). The evidence behind TIC and its outcomes will be discussed and shared.