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Improving Outcomes for People Affected by Trauma


A new training resource is available to help meet the needs of people affected by trauma and abuse. The training framework will be delivered by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) at the request of the Scottish Government’s Survivor Support team.

The National Knowledge and Skills Framework for Trauma is designed to support the whole of the Scottish workforce, including third sector organisations to help those affected by trauma, their families, carers and supporters.

The new framework includes four tiers of trauma informed practice:

  • Helping people be safe
  • Developing effective coping skills
  • Processing and making sense of trauma
  • Living the life they choose

While different services have different training requirements, all services are expected to be trauma informed. Trauma and abuse can include sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect.

The National Knowledge and Skills Training Framework for Trauma is relevant across the Scottish workforce – including teachers, healthcare workers and the third sector.

This is an ambitious and transformative approach, which is about building capability and capacity across all sectors to recognise and respond better to the needs of people affected by trauma and abuse.

Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Education for Scotland said:

"Everyone has a role to play in the improving outcomes for those affected by trauma and abuse. NES are delighted to have led on this work which is relevant to all staff.

"Trauma has ramifications beyond health - across education and justice for instance. We have an opportunity to continue Scotland’s lead in creating unique solutions to the range of individual challenges faced by people affected by trauma.

"The Framework will help staff realise how common traumatic events are and their potential lifelong effects, help them encourage natural resilience and create integrated pathways to specialist services for those with complex or long-term needs."

For more information on the Framework select the link below.

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