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Children’s Justice Act: Reducing the Trauma To Children during
Child Abuse Investigations, Removal and Out-of-Home Placement

For All
For Child Welfare Workers
For Foster Parents
For Parents
For Educators
For Law Enforcement
For Judges
For Medical Examiners


FOR ALL

General Info about Trauma and its Effects on Children

What is Child Traumatic Stress? 

Many children will experience trauma during their lives, and some of them will develop traumatic stress. Although many of us may experience reactions to stress from time to time, when a child is experiencing child traumatic stress, these reactions interfere with his or her daily life and ability to function and interact with others. Learn more about what trauma is, why it occurs, and what to look for in your child after a trauma.

  • Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event, and How to Help
  • NCTSN Understanding Child Traumatic Stress Brochure (12 pages, Includes signs and symptoms in children of different ages)
  • Project Information and Discussion Guide
    This booklet contains information about the project and where to obtain other project materials.  It also contains the “Briefs” developed from the interviews and focus groups - What is the Trauma of Investigation, Removal and Placement, TIPS for Caseworkers, Foster Parents, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Parents - and several documents from NCTSN providing basic information about trauma, its effects on children and signs and symptoms of traumatic stress in children of different ages.  It was designed to be flexible in use and adaptable for various settings (e.g., discussions at meetings or staffings) and participants. 

FOR CHILD WELFARE WORKERS  

Also see the section on Training


FOR FOSTER PARENTS

Handouts for Foster Parents

Also see section on Training


FOR PARENTS


FOR EDUCATORS

A Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators (PDF) (21 pg booklet)
The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators is comprised of the following components which can be accessed individually:

  • Trauma Facts for Educators (PDF)
    This one-page fact sheet is designed to help educators learn more about the impact of trauma on children’s behavior and performance in a school or classroom setting. It also provides specific recommendations for teachers to help mitigate the impact of trauma on children in the classroom.
  • Understanding Child Traumatic Stress: A Guide for Parents (PDF)
    This easy-to-read brochure provides parents and caregivers with a basic overview of child traumatic stress, outlines what they can do at home to help a child who has been traumatized, and provides instructions on how to advocate for their child within the school setting.
  • Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Preschool Children (PDF)
  • Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Elementary School Students (PDF)
  • Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: Middle School Students (PDF)
  • Psychological and Behavioral Impact of Trauma: High School Students (PDF)
    These comprehensive documents are intended for educators who work primarily with preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school students, respectively. They describe how to identify children in the four age groups who may be experiencing traumatic stress reactions. They also teach educators how to manage these children within the school and classroom settings.
  • Self Care for Educators (PDF)
    Working daily with children who have been exposed to trauma can be very difficult for school professionals. This handout defines secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and vicarious traumatization: three reactions that educators who work with traumatized children may have. The handout describes why these reactions are so
    important to prevent and address, and outlines specific recommendations for appropriate self-care.
  • Suggestions for Educators (PDF)
    This document provides a list of simple and straightforward strategies educators can use to accommodate a traumatized child in the school setting. It also teaches educators how to determine when traumatic stress reactions are severe enough to merit a referral for additional help.
  • Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief (PDF)
    This document defines child traumatic grief and distinguishes it from normal childhood grief following the death of a close friend or family member. Some of the key features of child traumatic grief are discussed, along with examples of how it is similar to and different from normal grief. The document offers guidance for adults who encounter a child with child traumatic grief, including how and when to seek professional help.
  • Brief Information on Childhood Traumatic Grief for School Personnel (PDF)
    This information sheet focuses primarily on how teachers and school personnel can identify and assist children in their school who are experiencing child traumatic grief. While acknowledging that most children who have experienced the death of a close friend or family member do not develop childhood traumatic grief, the information sheet  identifies specific signs and symptoms of childhood traumatic grief for teachers to look
    for. This resource also outlines strategies that school staff can engage in to help students with child traumatic grief.
  • Students and Trauma DVD
    The Students and Trauma DVD, developed by the Los Angeles Unified School District Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Schools (LAUSD TSA), highlights some of the psychological, social, and academic problems that may impact a student exposed to community violence or a traumatic event. Students talk about their real life experience and struggles with a range of traumatic experiences including community violence, suicide of a family member, and natural disasters. The DVD may be ordered directly from LAUSD TSA.

Acknowledgements:
The Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators was developed by the Schools Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

  • Project Information and Discussion Guide
    This booklet contains information about the project and where to obtain other project materials.  It also contains the “Briefs” developed from the interviews and focus groups – What is the Trauma of Investigation, Removal and Placement, TIPS for Caseworkers, Foster Parents, Law Enforcement, Educators, and Parents – and several documents from NCTSN providing basic information about trauma, its effects on children and signs and symptoms of traumatic stress in children of different ages.  It was designed to be flexible in use and adaptable for various settings (e.g., discussions at meetings or staffings) and participants. 
  • Trauma of Investigation and Removal
  • Trauma of Initial Out-of-Home Placement
  • Tips for Educators

FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Also see section on Training


FOR JUDGES


FOR MEDICAL EXAMINERS