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Essential elements of trauma-informed child welfare practice

Florida Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

A brief fact sheet on working with children who have experienced trauma. Describes how trauma differs from ordinary stress, including the body’s physical responses to traumatic events. Provides tips for child welfare workers when dealing with traumatized children. Notes the importance of making the child feel safe and assessing development and behaviors in the context of previous trauma experiences. Also notes importance of promoting stable relationships in the child’s life and supporting parents and caregivers.