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National Children’s Bureau

Trauma-informed practice
In progress



Evaluation type:

Efficacy study

Activity Type:

Trauma-informed training and service redesign


Foster care


Centre for Evidence and Implementation

About the project – Fostering Connections

Fostering Connections offers training and support to help social work teams, working with young people in foster care, and their foster carers understand and use trauma-informed practices.

Supervising social workers (who assist foster carers) and social workers (who work directly with young people in foster care) will receive joint training for five months. They will also have ongoing access to a peer support network. The training aims to enhance their knowledge and understanding of trauma and its impacts while also promoting consistent use of trauma-informed approaches and collaboration between these two roles.

The programme seeks to improve the stability of foster care placements, support young people in foster care to form meaningful relationships with trusted adults, improve their mental health and reduce behavioural difficulties and their likelihood of becoming involved in violence.

About the round

Project protocol