Trauma-informed care for caregivers

Estimated Duration: 
2 hours

This course is about recognising trauma and its impact on children/tamariki and understanding what it means to be trauma-informed. It has been developed for caregivers (foster parents and whānau carers) of children/tamariki.

Many children/tamariki who come into care have experienced trauma and every child/tamariki can benefit from your ability to recognise the signs and symptoms of trauma.

This module is expected to take 1 hour - 1.5 hours to complete. You can complete the module from start to finish or return to it by section.

This course will help you:

  • Understand the importance of building resilience, and fostering positive and stable relationships with children/tamariki and whānau.
  • Think about ways to maximise safety for children/tamariki.
  •  Support children/tamariki manage overwhelming emotions.
  • Understand the impact of trauma on those who care for and work with vulnerable children/tamariki.
  • Think about ways to look after yourself while caring for children/tamariki.


This content has been developed by the Werry Workforce Whāraurau, a national workforce development centre for infant, child and adolescent mental health, Uniservices Ltd, at the University of Auckland in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki in July 2017.


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