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Checklist: What Makes a Policy Trauma-Informed?

By Laura Braden Quigley, CTIPP's Director of Communications and Outreach

What makes a policy trauma-informed?

CTIPP believes the following components can help ensure transformation occurs at every level of society to build a trauma-informed society that provides the necessary support for individuals, families, organizations, communities, and systems to adapt to adversity and stress in healthy and productive ways. ​

  • Refers to the impacts of trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), etc. on development and well-being

  • Prioritizes upstream prevention whenever possible instead of simply mitigating against trauma once it occurs.

  • Makes resources that address trauma more accessible and equitable

  • Engages people with lived experience and providers of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services in the development of policy ideas and implementation

  • Targets policy efforts that reflect the realities of practice and lived experience

  • Supports research and evidence related to best practices and policies grounded in neuroscience, epigenetics, ACEs, and resilience (NEAR)

  • Establishes a central locus for trauma-informed policy/decision-making

  • Provides training requirements for the workforce and education for community leaders or the public

  • Calls for cultural humility and appropriate training and services

  • Funds a public education or awareness program to deepen understanding of trauma and its impacts

  • Includes efforts to strengthen the resilience/protective factors of children, families, and communities impacted by trauma

  • Emphasizes continuity of care and cross-sector collaboration among child- and family-serving systems

  • Helps maintain an environment of collective care for the workforce that interfaces with trauma

Be sure to check out the dimensions of our vision for a trauma-informed society and our current policy priorities.


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