Creating trauma-informed practitioners and organisations


Social workers are constantly exposed to other people’s trauma. It is critical that they are able to effectively regulate their emotions, because unregulated emotion can lead to compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma. This session will explore:

  • How organisations can not only develop workers’ resilience, but build the concept of trauma and its impact into management and policies.
  • Why organisations should place trauma at the heart of their structures and systems.
  • How to increase practitioner resilience in overwhelming situations.
  • What we can learn from case study examples of a trauma-informed organisation.
  • How to start using these concepts in your team or organisation.


Professor David Shemmings, professor of child protection research, University of Kent, and visiting professor of child protection research, Royal Holloway, University of London

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