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Children who come to the attention of the juvenile justice system are a challenging and underserved population, with high rates of exposure to trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help juvenile justice professionals (including judges, attorneys, law enforcement, probation officers, frontline residential staff, and mental health personnel) understand and provide trauma-focused services to these youth, create trauma-informed juvenile justice systems that are effective ,and ensure the safety of youth, family members, staff, and community.

Essential Elements

More than 80% of juvenile justice-involved youth report experiencing trauma, with many having experienced multiple, chronic, and pervasive interpersonal traumas.