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Trauma informed care for children exposed to violence: Tips for agencies and staff working with youth

Safe Start Center; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – 2011

A fact sheet on children’s exposure to violence for professionals who work with youth. Describes how exposure to violence can negatively impact adolescents. Provides a list of warning signs to look for in young people, such as anger, depression, poor academic performance, and rebellious or risky behaviors. Provides advice for youth workers on how to address exposure to violence in young people. Suggestions include: establish protocols to screen for exposure to violence and mental health needs, refer youth for mental health assessments, plan individualized, trauma-informed interventions, and communicate with youth in a straightforward and honest manner. Also includes advice on when to seek additional professional help, including when youth engage in violence, crime, substance abuse, or suicidal behaviors.