Understanding child-centred and trauma informed care planning

About the issue

Understanding trauma is important for providing the right care and support for a child looked after. A child who has experience trauma, or for whom entering care has been traumatic, increases their vulnerability. Entering care can be a trigger point for escalations in behaviour, with increased risk of exploitation, low school attendance, criminality, and missing episodes.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent has explored the relationship between vulnerability, criminality and exploitation for children in Understanding The Triggers: The Correlation Between Vulnerability, Criminality and Exploitation of Children, which can be accessed below.

This report contains the following case studies:

  • How trauma in early life may have a substantial adverse effect on key transition periods for children. Including an understanding of ACEs (Case studies 1-4).
  • How the consequence of entering care appeared to have a significant adverse effect on 5 children, with signs of disruption and increased vulnerability soon after (Case studies from 5 onwards).
Read ‘Understanding The Triggers’