A key part of the HEE work on New Roles in Mental Health has been to create a multi-professional framework for trauma skill development. This has included consideration of the wide range of groups and individuals who have a stake in public health and social wellbeing. Trauma-informed practice is a strengths-based approach, which seeks to understand and respond to the impact of trauma on people’s lives. New approaches are concerned with how wider networks and communities can help.
Two linked projects are now underway. One project involves scoping for how a systemic framework might evolve in co-production with those who are experiencing and live with the consequences of social trauma. It considers the diverse roles in the system (starting with social workers and peer support workers) and their potential for inclusive practice and prevention. Topics under consideration are shared principles for working together, role clarity and staying in scope, training, supervision and ethical accountability, linking trauma support and community resilience. The second project involves developing a practice resource and team programme using Open Dialogue as set of principles for working in crisis situations that may have a trauma origin.