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Trauma-informed care for the children's workforce


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1.5 hours
Child and youth health
Publish Date
04 June 2018
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About this Course

This course is for everyone working with children/tamariki and their whānau.

The children’s/tamariki workforce includes social workers, police officers, school based workers such as counsellors, teachers, teacher-aides, RTLBs; people working in children’s teams, people working in public health roles, people working in community support roles, mental health workers.

The different roles of the children’s/tamariki workforce mean that the relationships with children/tamariki will vary depending on the work involved.

Some roles will include direct care with children/tamariki, and others may work primarily with caregivers. While your direct contact with tamariki may vary, the aim is for the children’s/tamariki workforce to be ‘trauma-informed’ and use this knowledge to ensure the best care for children/tamariki and support for caregivers and whānau.

At the end of this course you will:

  •     Have considered your role in a trauma-informed system.
  •     Understand the importance of building resilience, and supporting caregivers foster positive and stable relationships with children/tamariki.
  •     Have learned about the common indicators of trauma.
  •     Have considered ways to maximise safety for children/tamariki.
  •     Have learned how to support caregivers and whānau help children/tamariki to manage overwhelming emotions.
  •     Understand the impact of trauma on those who care for and work with vulnerable children/tamarki.
  •     Have learned ways to look after yourself while caring for children/tamariki.



This content has been developed by 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.

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