Child in Mind Trauma Podcast

To coincide with the Anna Freud Learning Network’s spotlight on Childhood Adversity and Trauma, the Centre has released the latest episode in the Child in Mind podcast series aiming to help parents and carers understand and manage child and family mental health.

BBC Radio 4 presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by David Trickey, Consultant Clinical Child Psychologist in the Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Centre, to discuss what trauma is, what it looks like and how it affects the brain.

Links are included below and you can also find the Child in Mind series on our iTunes podcast channel and Soundcloud account


What is trauma and how does it affect the brain?

David Trickey has also contributed a blog to accompany the launch of the podcast entitled 'Traumatic Events: How children and young people can react and how adults can respond' which you can read here.

Previous episodes of the Child in Mind series can also be found below.

Why do some people self-harm?

Self-harming behaviour is becoming more common according to recent statistics, and particularly among young people between 16 and 25 years But what is self-harming behaviour, why do people do it and what help is available for those affected? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Trudie Rossouw, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Grace, a 23 year old woman who has previously self-harmed.

What is therapy and does it work?

What is therapy and does it work for mental health problems? These questions are discussed in this month's Child in Mind podcast. Presenter Claudia Hammond is joined by Maisy, 18, who has various types of therapy for both obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder, and Professor Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

What is ADHD and what help is available for children with ADHD ?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health issue in children. But what is ADHD and what help is available for children who are diagnosed with the condition? Claudia Hammond discusses these topics with Dr Jeanette Phillips, a Consultant Child Psychiatrist, and Minesh, whose 10 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD when he started having problems at school.

What do we know about childhood anxiety and what can parents do about it?

Feeling anxious and worried is a normal experience for children, but how do we know when it's becoming a serious problem and what can we do about it? Claudia Hammond discusses these issues and more with expert Professor Cathy Creswell from the University of Reading, and Beckie, whose whole family was affected by her son's anxiety.

Related content

Click here to read David Trickey's accompanying article, 'Traumatic Events: How children and young people can react, and how you can respond

Click here to download David Trickey's 'Why it's good to talk' paper

Click here to read the key messages from the Spotlight on Childhood Adversity and Trauma