A children’s charity is calling for more backing for teachers to support pupils who have experienced trauma.
With children and teachers across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire set to return to schools to start a new term, results of a survey conducted by Barnardo’s suggest understanding and supporting children who have experienced early trauma is an area that requires more resourcing in schools.
Of teachers surveyed, 54% responded that they had not received any training about the impact of early trauma and adverse childhood experiences in their current role.
Laura Falconer, Barnardo’s assistant director impact for mental health and wellbeing, said: “It is crucial that schools create an environment where all staff know how to support and respond to children affected by early trauma; where children are taught to develop the skills they need to understand and cope with their experience, and where staff feel confident linking in with additional support if needed.”
The figures also reveal that more than 7% of those surveyed said more needs to be done to ensure schools understand how trauma and childhood adversity can impact mental health.