A Trauma Informed Approach to Child and Family Assessments

Our trauma-informed (TI) programme introduces critical elements to the child and family assessments of needs, risks to children, parental capacity, and ability to change. Building on the current approach, our course concentrates on recognising traumatic events (ACEs) that prevent children from relying on their families for support, reassurance and protection.

Given the evidence-based about the negative outcomes for children affected by trauma, including concerns in the assessments would help practitioners identify and provide trauma support services for families.

Target Audience

We developed this course for social workers who conduct initial and ongoing family assessments, but it is also suitable for other practitioners who carry out family assessments. It aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills practitioners are already using to carry out in-depth and ongoing family assessments.

Learning Objectives

By attending this one-day programme, participants should be able to:


  • Overcoming the barriers to the assessment by building ability and confidence to convey the benefits of your proposed approach
  • Identify implementable best practices in family assessments
  • Understanding how trauma and intersectionality/diversity concerns affect a person’s experience and their capacity to change
  • Interviewing approaches to consider when gathering information for the assessment
  • Understand the relationship within the family and assess the functioning, experience and impact of trauma
  • How to effectively utilise the concept of family history and functioning to understand family trauma
  • Acquire a working knowledge of the domains of a trauma-informed social work family assessment
  • Learn about different assessment and monitoring tools
  • Considerations in presenting the results to the family
  • Offer support to children and families affected by trauma
  • Identify the benefits and limitations of the approach