Initiative details

Reduction type

Attitudinal Change


We know that trauma in childhood, called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and trauma in adult life can have a detrimental impact on physical and emotional well-being and they can influence the decisions we make in life.

Quick summary

Being trauma informed is about thinking ‘what has happened to this person’ rather than ‘what is wrong with this person’.  It is about finding out and understanding what has happened in a person’s life that might have led them to where they are now. It is also about thinking how trauma could affect a person in the future and taking steps to prevent adversity.

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit is committed to working with all organisations to raise awareness of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and encourage improved ways of working so that we can better support the people that we serve.

The South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit are running some Trauma Informed Working and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) basic awareness training.

You can find out more information here on the  Eventbrite Website.

Here is a short video explaining more about adverse childhood experiences.

Here are two animations about trauma and attachment.

What Is Attachment and Why Is It Important?

Trauma Informed Attachment with Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

We have also produced a series of short videos explaining what trauma is and how practitioners and organisations can become more trauma informed.

Below is the Trauma informed Policing video that we produced with South Yorkshire Police.  This video is being used in police officer training sessions to help them become more trauma informed.

The following animations can be used within your organisations to help South Yorkshire become more trauma informed.

What is Trauma?

How Do We Know If Someone Has Experienced Trauma?

Helping People That Have Experienced Trauma

Five Elements Of Trauma Informed Practice

How to embed trauma informed practice in to your organisation


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