Childhood Trauma Review

A review into understanding the experiences of children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Date: November 2020

Lead: Chris Bridle, Engagement Manager

Brief description of the project

This insight review seeks to understand the experiences of children and young people who have experienced trauma. It pulls together what people who have experienced trauma have told us about their needs and preferences. It aims to highlight common themes and any gaps, in order to:

  • Develop a system-wide approach in Leeds to support people who have experienced trauma
  • Create an integrated expert service to support the approach and to provide trauma-informed training, consultation, and direct intervention.

Where did we get the insight from?

We gathered insight from a variety of local and national sources including:

  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • The Joseph Roundtree Foundation
  • Young Minds
  • The Leeds Voice and Influence Team

What did we find out?

The insight told us that people who have experienced trauma need:

  • Access to quality mental health services
  • To feel listened to by professionals
  • Safe places to talk with peers about their experiences
  • Quality and up-to-date information about services available to them
  • Access to professionals that understand trauma and the impact on seldom heard groups
  • Involvement in the planning and delivery of services

We also found that service providers need to routinely collect patient experience from services users and use this to shape their services

You can read the full engagement report here:

Insight Review into Childhood Trauma

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What did we do?

We have made a series of recommendations to the trauma steering group including:

  • Reviewing mental health services available to people who have experienced trauma
  • Creating safe spaces for people to talk about their experiences of trauma with peers
  • Reviewing existing trauma resources for service users and professionals
  • Training for professionals so that they understand the needs of people who have experienced trauma
  • Creating opportunities for people to get involved in shaping trauma services
  • Encouraging providers to routinely collect service user experience and show how they are using this to shape services.

How can you help?

You can help us to develop better services by sharing your experiences of using health and social care services in Leeds: