Resources for school staff Addressing trauma and adversity

Resources to help schools and professionals to support children and young people who have experienced adversity and trauma.

We all face emotionally challenging situations during our childhood which is a normal part of growing up. However, some children grow up in environments and experiences that they are unable to cope with, which can be traumatic and may have a long-lasting effect on their development, learning, health and behaviour.

Addressing childhood adversity resources

Together with NHS England, we created slides and a poster about addressing childhood adversity. Print this poster and pin it to your staff room board to help teachers learn about what kinds of experiences are adverse, how they impact the lives of children and young people and what we can do about it.

When emotions explode poster

An image of our 'When Emotions Explode' poster. It shows a pyramid divided into 3 sections with the sub headings 'Very Angry', Frustrated', and 'Calm'.

Sometimes it's hard to know when to communicate with someone when they are very emotional or angry. Our emotions explode poster can support parents when their child has angry feelings or outbursts and might help you open up a conversation about a pupil in your class if you suspect they are feeling angry.

Download our poster

A letter about how I'm feeling

An image of our 'A letter about how I'm feeling' template which has space to share your feelings.

Some pupils may find it easier to write down their thoughts and feelings, so this resource is in a letter format and has a handy word bank to help children express their feelings and understand what may have triggered them.

Download our worksheet

What to look out for in your pupils

An image of our 'What to look out for in your pupils' poster. In the middle of the poster is a orange flower within a yellow circle, around the poster are speech bubbles.

This resource will help you spot distressing signs in a child's behaviour and which factors in their life might be causing them. You may not be able to change the issues in a child's life, but acknowledging why they might be feeling a certain way and finding ways to show you care is a good start for children who are struggling.

Download our guide

Trauma informed guidance

A poster titled 'The Six Principles Include:' with 6 individual boxes each labelled the following; 'Prepared, Aware, Flexible, Safe and Responsible, Collaborative and Enhancing, Integrated'.

Our guide on trauma-informed practice has six principles that we encourage schools to consider when their pupils return to school to best support those who may be experiencing trauma. 

Download our guide
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More resources for you

From wellbeing activities for schools, to toolkits and webinars for mental health professionals, we have a range of resources to help you support the young people in your lives. 

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