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Trauma Informed Schools

March 2019

Dear Parents,

We’re excited to let you know that as a school we recently received training on Trauma Informed Schools and Miss Granger and Mrs Trudgian both became Trauma Informed Practitioners. We are on our way to becoming a Trauma Informed School! As trauma unfortunately affects everyone’s lives, we wanted to let you know how we’re going to support your children.

Firstly, we know that trauma can be experienced from ANY event that is frightening, painful or out of control, and if there is no one emotionally available to support you then the impact can cause traumatic toxic stress. As such, even the day-to-day exposure to events such as divorce, loss of a loved one, illness within the family, preparing for an exam and moving house or schools can be experienced as traumatic. Therefore, to ensure we can support your children in the best way possible, it would be good to know about these events. Toxic stress can present itself in a variety of ways. It can sometimes be shown through children’s behaviour, but sometimes it won’t present itself at all.

It is important to remember, that both children and adults can be affected by toxic stress when they have been through a traumatic event. It can - at times - be difficult for us as adults to be emotionally available for our children if we have not dealt with our own traumatic experiences and that is why it is essential to remember that we as a school are here to help. We can be, and are, those emotionally available adults.

In order to support the children in our school, it is helpful to know what your family and child may have been through and may ask you to complete an A.C.E questionnaire on behalf of your child. We know that you know your children best and by working in partnership in a positive, non-judgemental way, we can identify the best ways of providing support for your child within school. The A.C.E questionnaire looks at any Adverse Childhood Experience that your child may have been through and then with the help of an online tool called Motional, we are able to assess your child’s needs more effectively and provide help with developing key skills in emotional literacy and self-regulation.

Our aim, when working with your children, is to support them to make sense of their experience, find ways to manage their emotions and feelings and ensure that they maintain the capacity to learn, despite the difficult events that may have occurred. We always want to PROTECT those in our school and we want to reduce their levels of toxic stress at the earliest indication, offering support and skill development, with the adults they know best, in a place they feel both safe and supported, within their community.

We would like to use the online Motional tool to support your children and if you have any concerns about this or you are not happy for the school to use this tool to help support your child, then please let us know.

If you would like to know more information about Trauma Informed Schools, please see the website below or feel free to pop in and see us.