Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth and Families

This toolkit was published by the B.C. Ministry of Children & Family Development.

HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:

This guide is concerned with advancing understanding and action about trauma-informed approaches that support program and service delivery for/with children, youth, and families. A trauma-informed approach is a system-wide approach that is distinct from, yet linked to, the delivery of trauma-specific treatments and interventions.

This guide is the result of a project of the Ministry of Children and Family Development in British Columbia with the following objectives:

  • To identify trauma-informed approaches to supporting children, youth, and families, from the academic and non-academic literature and from the experience of those delivering child and youth services in B.C. (child protection, youth justice, child and youth mental health, children with special needs, early years services, and family, youth, and children in care services and adoption services).
  • To raise awareness among those delivering child and youth services in B.C. of evidence-informed approaches to trauma-informed service delivery.
  • To increase capacity amongst service providers delivering child and youth services in B.C. to better serve children, youth, and families impacted by violence and trauma, and thereby improve outcomes for those engaged with these services.

Poole, N., Talbot, C., & Nathoo, T. (2016). Healing Families, Helping Systems: A Trauma-Informed Practice Guide for Working with Children, Youth and Families. Victoria, BC: Ministry of Children & Family Development. Retrieved from https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/child-teen-mental-health/trauma-informed_practice_guide.pdf

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