Midlothian to pilot bespoke trauma training

Midlothian Council is one of three local authorities to share £120,000 of Scottish Government funding for advanced training for frontline workers to recognise and respond to the signs and impacts of trauma in childhood.

Better understanding

The National Trauma Training Programme gives frontline workers – such as police officers, teachers and health visitors - a better understanding of the needs of children and adults who have been affected by traumatic experiences. Already 3,000 frontline workers have been trained and at least 5,000 will have been trained by March 2021.

Midlothian, Glasgow and Argyll and Bute councils will develop bespoke training plans for the programme.

Hugely beneficial

Joint Director Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership Allister Short said: “Making sure frontline workers in Midlothian are equipped with the skills and resilience to respond well to people who have experienced trauma will be hugely beneficial in ensuring that vulnerable people are supported effectively. Delivering and rolling out this pilot project will be life-changing.”

Scotland-wide interest

Dr Sandra Ferguson, National Coordinator of the Trauma Training Programme at NHS Education for Scotland said: “Over the first year of this programme, we have been delighted with the huge levels of enthusiasm and interest across Scotland.  Almost 3,000 people have received face-to-face training and many more have worked with the team to help their organisations become trauma-informed.

“Scotland was the first country to develop a Knowledge and Skills Framework for Psychological Trauma, and a lot of remarkable work is underway to improve how we all respond to the needs of people affected by traumatic and adverse experiences.

“This programme will help equip the workforce with skills and confidence to respond, in line with the principles of trauma informed practice.” 

Watch the animation

A new animation, “Sowing Seeds” has been created for the next phase of the training programme aimed at people working with children and young people.




15 May 2019