Understanding trauma is essential to working young people in the AoD sector.

Here is a big question, what do we need to know about young people in treatment? This article speaks about young people in the services in the UK. In Australia we also see young people with histories of trauma, abuse, self-harm and/or mental health concerns accessing services.  YoDAA understand that it can be difficult working with young people who have experienced trauma in their lives and often takes patience and time. YoDAA has 4 top tips for talking about trauma or The Australian Child and Adolescent Trauma Loss and Grief Network have these tips for talking to a child or young person about trauma.

The Australian Childhood Foundation work tirelessly to help protect children from abuse and trauma in many different ways. They offer supports through trauma counselling, ensuring organisation are doing their best to safe guide children in their services, and by running training for professionals working with children and young people.

The Blue Knot Foundation work to improve the lives of adults who have survived childhood trauma and abuse. They offer support to individuals, families, and communities through phone counselling, resources, advocacy and educational workshops. Blue Knot wants people to start changing how trauma is talked about in order to allow those effected a safe place to talk. 
The Blue Knot Foundation who provide amazing trainings for those wishing to upskill. As well as these helpful guidelines for working with young people who have experienced trauma.