Trauma Informed Lancashire is a multi-agency initiative, facilitated by Lancashire Violence Reduction Network, to support public and third sector services in becoming trauma informed.
Trauma Informed Lancashire is a culture change initiative led by Lancashire Violence Reduction Network on behalf of public and third sector partner organisations from across pan-Lancashire.
Lancashire has a strong and rich history around trauma informed practice. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) has always been an important part of the Lancashire, Blackpool, and Blackburn with Darwen partnership approach.
Since 2012, safeguarding, community and public health partnerships have demonstrated a strong desire for a “social movement” to deliver a consistent approach across pan-Lancashire. This desire was supported by the publication of the “Routine Enquiry about Childhood Adversity” (REACH) report (McGee, et al., 2015).
This system wide approach examined new ways of identifying adults who have experienced multiple childhood traumas and put support in for families much earlier to prevent the negative cycle of intergenerational problems.
Social determinants, ACEs, crime, financial and education data portray a need in Lancashire to adopt a system wide approach to addressing the root causes of serious violence in addition to tackling presenting behaviours.
The team at Lancashire Violence Reduction Network is here to support your organisation on its journey to becoming trauma informed. Have a look at our resources, and pages for leaders and practitioners and get in touch for more support on becoming a trauma informed organisation.
Organisation leaders can shape culture and services to become more sensitive to trauma and support staff and those who come into contact with your services.
Becoming more aware of trauma can help practitioners to spot the signs of trauma and improve service engagement and outcomes.