Trauma informed workplaces

Building support mechanisms into daily work routines is a fundamental part of being a trauma-informed organisation.

Traumatic events and experiences can happen to anyone at any time. These might include:

  • domestic abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • bullying
  • traumatic bereavement
  • life threatening illnesses

This psychological trauma can have a range of long-term consequences, including a higher risk of poor mental and physical health outcomes. 

National Trauma Training Programme

The Scottish Government funds a National Trauma Training Programme (NTTP) (external site), led by NHS Education for Scotland.

The Programme includes freely available, evidence-based trauma training resources to help workforces across all sectors ensure that the needs of people affected by trauma are understood and responded to in a way which supports recovery and avoids any further harm.

The NTTP also includes resources on supporting workforce wellbeing, which is central to facilitating trauma-informed workplaces.

This companion document (external site) is designed to support all those in the workforce who are supporting people affected by mental health difficulties. It aims to strengthen awareness and understanding of trauma-informed practice.

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