One in three children and young people are exposed to at least one potentially traumatic event by the time they are 18. We know from decades of research that such exposure can increase the risk of later mental health problems and difficulties in personal and social relationships, and of new stressful experiences. However, through improved understanding, appropriate support and timely intervention we can reduce the negative impact of traumatic events on children and young people.

The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples across all four nations of the United Kingdom (UK). We are the first UK-wide platform bringing together expertise in research, practice, policy and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma. The UK Trauma Council is hosted and supported by the Anna Freud Centre.

Access free, evidence-based resources for frontline professionals and carers that translate what scientists have learned from studying the brain about the impact of traumatic experiences, like abuse and neglect.

Access free, evidence-based resources to support schools, colleges and practitioners working with traumatically bereaved children and young people, including this short animation introducing traumatic bereavement in the school environment.


 This webpage features videos and an animation from “Childhood Trauma and the Brain” by the UK Trauma Council licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

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