Webinar: Supporting children affected by trauma and abuse

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
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A webinar advising early years professionals on how to support children who have been affected by trauma or abuse is running later this month.

It is being hosted by the Anna Freud Centre, a mental health and wellbeing charity, and is aimed at early years professionals.

When the Anne Freud Centre surveyed early years staff last year, 69 per cent said they had experienced working with children affected by trauma or abuse, and 71 per cent said they had worked with children affected by domestic violence.

Speakers will include Louise Jackson, deputy headteacher at St Lawrence’s Primary School and Nursery in Shropshire. At her settings, Ms Jackson has experienced working with children who have been affected by trauma or abuse.

She explained: “Early years staff need to be fully informed about the ways they can help young children in their setting who have encountered abuse or trauma – so that they can help them to recover and reconnect with those around them. Knowing the right things to do, and what to say, early on in a child’s life could change the way that child experiences the world in the future.”

The webinar will also feature two speakers from the Anna Freud Centre – Dr Sheila Redfern, head of family trauma, and Dr Theresa Schwaiger, a clinical psychologist who works for the charity’s Family Trauma Service.

Camilla Rosan, head of early years programme at the charity, said: “This isn’t a subject that’s covered much when it comes to early years training. So, in this webinar we’ll be letting early years staff know some different ways that they can support and nurture these children when they join their setting.”

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