The Hospital School at Westmead

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Trauma informed practice

Trauma-informed education focuses on the importance of positive attachment and the impact of trauma within a learning environment.

Trauma is often a result of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) relating to abuse, neglect, family dysfunction or other significant trauma. In Australia, 1 in 5 children have been exposed to three or more ACEs, and because of the context of our school, the students we teach are in some state of trauma when we meet them.

Trauma-informed care is a framework that recognises and responds to the signs and symptoms of trauma in children. By understanding the impact that traumatic stress can have on the brain, our teachers are equipped with the strategies to support all students to connect, learn and experience success. 

For more information, refer to: kidsxpress