Trauma Informed Preventative Care

Campus services adopt practices that reduce the potential for trauma or re-traumatisation, and promote a more collaborative and empowering care environment. "In trauma-informed services, trauma survivors are seen as unique individuals who have experienced extremely abnormal situations and have managed as best they could”. (Dr Cathy Kezelman)

Trauma Informed Preventative Care (TIPC)

Trauma Informed Preventative Care (TIPC) enables staff to realise and recognise the impact of all forms of trauma including family violence and enables staff to respond with empathy in the care of children and families. When faced with a challenging interaction, staff are asked to consider "What Happened to you?” rather than "What is wrong with you?" In this way they can resist re-traumatisation. Through an emphasis on physical, psychological, emotional, and cultural safety, TIPC provides a contextual framework for the care of children that complements family centred care and addresses the wellbeing of staff. TIPC therefore ties together key campus initiatives including the Campus Mental Health Strategy, the RCH Strategic Plan, the Clinician Compact, the RCH Staff Wellbeing plan and the RCH Quality and Improvement Focus.

Goals of TIPC:

  • To recognize and respond to all forms of trauma and adversity in a trauma informed way
  • To respond to behaviours of concern or challenging behaviours in a trauma informed way
  • To prevent trauma and re-traumatization in the hospital
  • To recognise and support staff impacted by STS
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Behaviours of Concern (BoC)

Under the trauma informed preventative care framework, de-escalation training and education resources on responding to behaviours of concern or challenging behaviours in a trauma informed way will be established. This initiative may include optimising current resources such as the Behaviour Support Profile and the development of new supports and systems following evidence-based practice. The TIPC project team will work in consultation with expert members of the campus and lived experience representatives to achieve the objectives of this key area.

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Acknowledgement of Country

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At Mental Health Central we acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live, gather and work. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge all people with a lived or living experience of mental ill-health and recovery. At the Campus, we particularly acknowledge children, young people, families, carers, and supporters. We recognise their vital contribution and value the courage of those who share this unique perspective for the purpose of learning and growing together to achieve better outcomes for the Campus, staff, sector, and all people of lived experience.

Proudly supported by the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation