Supporting families who have experienced trauma
If we work with children or young people in a church setting, it's highly likely that some of them will have experienced trauma at some point in their lives. How do we best support them so that they can thrive in their relationship with God?
For one of our Lunch with Leaders sessions, Ruth Stephens (Join the Dots Solutions) and Fiona Eve (Safe Families UK) joined us to explore how to better support children and families within our care who have experienced trauma.
Ruth and Fiona shared some typical symptoms of children who have experienced trauma, some approaches we might take as children’s, youth and family leaders, and answered a question about how to support church parents who have experienced trauma, as they parent their children for faith.
- Free online ACES training (ACES = Adverse Childhood Experiences)
- Beacon House resources – specialist trauma training
- Join the Dots Solutions – resources
- ‘Let’s think about…’ booklets (for any supportive adult around the child) – written by Fiona Eve and Rae Morfin
- Safe Families runs training on using a trauma-informed approach that anyone can attend and book
- Renew Wellbeing – Christian and trauma-informed way of creating quiet spaces for people struggling with emotional wellbeing
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