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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16663: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made regarding the development of trauma-informed schools.

Answered by: Maureen Watt 29 May 2018

The Scottish Government supports development of trauma-informed services and work is underway to raise awareness of the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences amongst various sectors.

Education Scotland has developed a range of professional learning resources and support materials to support implementation of nurturing approaches across Scottish schools. These include the document “ Applying Nurture as a Whole School Approach ”, a framework for self-evaluation of a Nurturing approach in schools and Early Learning and Childcare settings. . All materials complement development of trauma-informed schools, offering guidance on meeting the needs of all children and young people but particularly those who have experienced early adversity and trauma.

Education Scotland are developing additional professional learning materials which give further guidance and support for children who have experienced early adversity and trauma, and curricular materials to help children and young people develop an understanding of early adversity and trauma. It is hoped that these will be available in the academic session 2018-19.

In June 2017, a report was published by the multi-disciplinary Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub, hosted by NHS Health Scotland, to inform thinking about the impact of adverse childhood experiences within education. In March 2018, a conference was held by Education Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to share best practice on addressing adverse childhood experiences in education.

In May 2017, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government published “ Transforming Psychological Trauma: A Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Scottish workforce ”. The Reference and Implementation Group for this Framework now includes representatives of Education Scotland and it is currently developing a training plan to support the workforce to put necessary trauma training in place. This Group will consider how this work can be applied in schools, including how it fits with existing practice around nurturing approaches and development of trauma informed practices in schools.