Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as harmful or life threatening, and can cause lasting adverse effects on mental, physical, social, emotional or spiritual well-being. It can negatively affect individuals or communities and their ability to feel safe or develop trusting relationships with professionals. Everyone’s experience is unique and trauma affects people in different ways.

A trauma informed approach realises the impact that trauma can have, and recognises the signs of trauma (in both families and professionals). It also seeks to actively prevent re-traumatisation by avoiding practices that could trigger painful and traumatic memories.

Our Network aims for Somerset to become a more trauma-informed county, and is open to anyone working with children and families in Somerset with a desire to engage in and promote trauma informed approaches. Click on the link below to join the Somerset Trauma Informed Network.

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