What is trauma in childhood?

When Tracy was little her family struggled with mental ill-health, money worries and problem alcohol use…

From an article by Mary Glasgow on TFN website:

Across Scotland today, the science of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma and resilience is more widely talked about. Put simply, we now have evidence confirming that traumatic events in childhood can affect us throughout our lives if we don’t have the support around us to cope.

One definition of trauma is “when we have encountered an out of control, frightening experience that has disconnected us from all sense of resourcefulness or safety or coping or love.”

As Scotland’s national children’s charity, Children 1st are reassured by this new evidence. It informs our work to prevent harm, keep children safe in families and support recovery from trauma. It confirms our work is as relevant today as when we were founded over 130 years ago.

Our approach has always been relational and rights based. We offer support from highly skilled staff and volunteers who get alongside families and we engage in policy work that demands children’s rights are protect in legislation, policy and practice.

Increasing knowledge of child development and the impact of trauma tells us that without support to buffer or recover, traumatic events in childhood can affect your whole life and the lives of those you care for.

When Tracy was little her family struggled with mental ill-health, money worries and problem alcohol use. Tracy spent time in and out of care. Surrounded by alcohol, Tracy started drinking at the age of 11. At 18 she was pregnant…

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Mary Glasgow is interim chief executive of Children 1st. For more information on Children 1st visit the charity’s website

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