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Child Welfare Professionals

In any given year, approximately one million children come to the attention of the US child welfare system. Many are victims of abuse or neglect, live with caregivers who are impaired, and/or deal with school and community violence as a fact of life. Identification and early intervention are crucial to helping children traumatized by maltreatment and other stresses. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help child welfare administrators, caseworkers, frontline staff, mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children. In addition to the NCTSN resources highlighted below, Child Welfare Professionals can learn more about creating trauma-informed Child Welfare Systems in the Trauma-Informed Care section of this website.

NCTSN Resource

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit

Type: Training Curriculum

Supports caseworkers, supervisors, and all other levels of the child welfare workforce in implementing trauma-informed knowledge and skills in their daily interactions, professional services and organizational culture.  The third edition of the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT) incorp

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Working with Parents Involved in the Child Welfare System

Type: e-Learning Course

Increases understanding of the impact that parents’ own unresolved trauma can have on their capacity to engage with child welfare personnel, negotiate different aspects of the child welfare system, and safely parent their children.

NCTSN Resource

Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC) Online

Type: Training Curriculum

Is a centralized resource for providers and resource parents who are using or interested in using Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents in their communities.

NCTSN Resource

Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event

Type: Fact Sheet

Describes how young children, school-age children, and adolescents react to traumatic events and offers suggestions on how parents and caregivers can help and support them.

NCTSN Resource

What Is Child Traumatic Stress?

Type: Fact Sheet

Defines child traumatic stress. This fact sheet gives an overview of trauma, describes traumatic stress symptoms, and ways children may be impacted.

Partner-In Resource

Trauma ScreenTIME

Type: Website

Provides staff in child-serving systems with best practices for trauma screening. The online courses help child-serving staff identify and support children suffering from traumatic stress as early as possible and connect those in need with effective services. 

NCTSN Resource

NCTSN Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment (TIOA) Course

Type: Special Resource

Helps organizations assess their current practices in the context of serving children and families who have experienced trauma. It is an important part of an organizational transformation process to create trauma-informed organizations.

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