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To Understand, Recognise and Respond - Free Trauma Informed Practice Training from Medway Council


Medway Council will be hosting a series of FREE workshops to learn about trauma and how it impacts young people and those around them.

In the starting years of life for infants, toddlers or young children, if they experience a safe, predictable, accessible, and caring environment, evidently the brain is able to develop in a healthy, normal sequence of growth.

The brain has been found to develop from the bottom upward, where the lower parts of the brain take on the functions dedicated to ensuring survival and responding to stress: And the upper parts are responsible for executive functions (e.g. to make sense of a life experience or carrying out a moral judgement).

Developmental Trauma limits a young person’s ability to regulate stress, impulse and shame. For these young people the world is a hostile and frightening place and they behave in ways that challenge, confuse, frustrate, threaten and even harm those around them.

As a public health funded initiative led by the Medway Youth Offending Service (Medway Council), Medway Safeguarding Children's Partnership (MSCP) is hosting a series of workshops being delivered by training partner Kate Cairns Associates (KCA).

The workshops focus on:

  • Understanding Trauma
  • Recognising Indicators, and
  • Responding to Needs

The intention is to develop trauma informed practice across local services for practitioners and leaders working at the front line with children and young people.

MSCP say this is a certificated workshop with follow-up e-learning exploring key issues in working with children and young people who are living with developmental trauma, they also say 13 hours of CPD will be awarded to participants upon completion of the workshop and e-learning.

Launched recently the workshops will take place locally throughout February and March:

  • Thursday 6th February 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Elaine Primary School
  • Friday 7th February 9.30am – 12.30pm – Gun Wharf
  • Tuesday 11th February 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Gun Wharf
  • Wednesday 12th February 9.30am – 12.30pm – Gun Wharf
  • Monday 16th March 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Gun Wharf
  • Tuesday 17th March 9.30am – 12.30pm – Gun Wharf
  • Wednesday 18th March 1.00pm – 4.00pm – Broadside

At the time of writing, MSCP have confirmed further dates will be made available in April, May and June but may be targeted to partners who have not yet engaged. MSCP also ask that interested parties apply early to avoid disappointment as places are limited.

To apply for any of the FREE workshops, MSCP advise that the usual application process applies and ask that interested parties use their available training application, clearly stating which date you are applying for and returning the completed application to

For more information, you can contact MSCP by email at



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