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Justice System Professionals

Children who come to the attention of the juvenile justice system are a challenging and underserved population. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help juvenile justice professionals understand and provide trauma-focused services to these youth. These resources include tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help judges, attorneys, law enforcement, probation officers, frontline residential staff, mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children. In addition to the NCTSN resources highlighted below, Justice System Professionals can learn more about creating trauma-informed Justice Systems in the Trauma-Informed Care section of this website.

NCTSN Resource

Cross-System Collaboration

Type: Fact Sheet

Outlines practice examples for continuity of care and collaboration across systems, a vital activity for youth involved in multiple service systems. This brief, written by Macon Stewart from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform describes its Youth Practice Model.

NCTSN Resource

Polyvictimization Considerations in the Judicial System

Type: Webinar

Provides an overview of the effects of polyvictimization on youth involved in the juvenile justice system. This webinar offers approaches to identifying this highly vulnerable subgroup and providing them and their families with help in recovering from victimization.