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Trauma-Informed Care and Why It Matters

A trauma-informed care is when all parties involved recognise and respond to the impact of traumatic affects on those who have contact with the service including children, caregivers, and service providers.

To begin to address this issue, training in trauma-informed care is paramount. Our ARC Skills workshops and processing groups are important to build the knowledge and skills among staff and foster carers to deliver trauma informed care, being sensitive to how a range of experiences may relate to a person’s current behaviours and health status.

The experience of trauma impacts every area of functioning, including physical, mental, behavioural, and social. History of trauma, with abuse most commonly having occurred in childhood.

“ARC is a framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC identifies three core domains that are frequently impacted among traumatized youth, and which are relevant to future resiliency. Designed to be applied flexibly across child- and family-serving services. ARC provides a theoretical framework, core principles of intervention, and a guiding structure for providers. ARC is designed for youth from early childhood to adolescence and their caregivers or care giving systems”

Traumatic reactions are normal reactions to abnormal situations. Individuals’ coping reactions to post-trauma remain poorly understood, even by many of the people who are in the best positions to offer support and treatment to trauma victims. It is important for everyone to understand that victims of traumatic events, such as abuse, human trafficking, Child exploitation, violence etc will not always react or behave in the way that we might expect.

The agency’s objective is to implement and sustain trauma awareness, knowledge, and skills into the organisational cultures, practices, and policies. They act in collaboration with all those who are involved with the child, using the best available resources, to maximise physical and psychological safety, facilitate the recovery of the child and family, and support them to thrive.

Testimonials

This job is probably one of my favourites. Every day is different, every day has new challenges and every day has new rewards. It’s not always easy but each challenge you go through with the child bonds you and makes you both stronger for each other.

Foster Carer
Foster Carer

We have been fostering for the last 8 years and feel proud to be a part of the Sunbeam family. At the beginning, we thought it’s a tough job, but the skills to foster initial training and the whole assessment procedure to become a carer was interesting, and it gave us both a broad insight into both the tough and rewarding side of what we were likely to encounter.

Hannah and Kashif
Hannah and Kashif

“Fostering is a rewarding experience as it allows you to actually make a difference for a child/young person. I feel happy being able to make such a difference whether it is for one day or several years.”

Asma
Asma

“When they told me that I had been approved for fostering, well I just cried. I was an emotional wreck and was so happy that I just couldn’t hold back my very, very, happy tears.”

Karen Thorn
Karen Thorn