Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit

Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators, comprises the first installment of a complete toolkit to be issued at the end 2012 as the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit. The project was established as an National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category II Center in the Spring of 2010 to improve services for children involved in the welfare system who have experienced traumatic events. The authors queried administrators and other members of their diverse, 21-person advisory committee, asking about specific issues they considered important for child welfare administrators to understand. The 123-page, 14-chapter administrators’ guide covers issues ranging from the influence of culture on responses to trauma, to the impact of trauma on the brain.

The guide informs the reader about how trauma can affect children and families in all aspects of the child welfare system and gives practical implications for child welfare administrators in each chapter. Experts in the fields of child welfare, child trauma research, clinical practice, and policy worked together with the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP) staff to create these guidelines.

Population of focus: Administrators working in the Child Welfare System

Link to resource: http://www.chadwickcenter.org/CTISP/images/CTISPTICWAdminGuide.pdf (Users are asked to register, for purposes of collecting evaluations to further hone the guide’s usefulness.)

Organization: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Date: June 2012