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Bedfordshire police: Trauma Informed Practice

We were commissioned to deliver our 2-day CPD Trauma Informed Practice training for police staff to support the development of victim of champions. We created and delivered bespoke content based on the needs of the team, including case studies and reflections on practice. Staff were encouraged to reflect on their on practice and to examine how the principles could be applied in their practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the values and principles that underlie Trauma Informed Practice
  • Consider what constitute Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Explore the impact of ACE’s and how these contribute to the need for Trauma Informed Practice for adolescence
  • Explore Teenage development and possible impact of Trauma and/or disadvantage
  • Understand the four principle of TIP – Recognise, Respond, avoid Re traumatisation, build Resilience 
  • Develop practice skills and techniques to come alongside the client in a trauma informed way
  • Understand why Trauma Informed Practice is important for services, families and young people
  • Recognise the positive impact of demonstrating unconditional positive regard
  • Understand secondary and vicarious trauma and how to respond to it and prevent it



What will you now do differently as a result of being on this training course?

  • Try and help colleagues in understanding victim needs
  • Consider what trauma someone has suffered which may be why they are acting in a certain way.
  • Be more aware of why people might behave in a certain way based on past experiences.
  • Be aware of how people can be suffering
  • Look out for signs in staff.
  • Consider when to empathise and to consider unconscious bias
  • Be more aware of impact on staff and how trauma manifests
  • Recognise trauma in my colleagues. Give myself time to reflect. Recognise when I need to regulate myself (co-regulation to support others).
  • Listen, recognise, support and share my skills I have taken from this course to help victims/co-workers and public into recovery from trauma.
  • Try not to judge people I come across based on their responses to me or an incident at the time.
  • I will look at the whole picture rather than what is just in front of me, to try and see why someone is acting or in the present situation.
  • Recognise trauma a little better and be able to implement skills I have learnt.
  • Take time to think about possible reasons for why someone behaves in a certain way. Be conscious of my language etc. and my reactions.


Please tell us how you will take this learning forward following being on the course

  • Open to listening more and seeing issues that have previously went unnoticed.
  • Holistic approach in all 1-2-1’s. be nice to each other.
  • General awareness and amore considered approach.
  • Thinking about peoples possible trauma at every job
  • I will look at how I can spread my knowledge amongst the wider community teams.
  • Mindful how I ask victims questions, especially when obtaining statements. Consider a persons behaviour towards the differently- more mindful of ACES
  • Refer to notes taken. Disseminate take away messages with team. Explore opportunities to apply skills in practice.
  • I will go through the slides, speak about this course to my colleagues and use to adapt my approach to different individuals trauma.
  • Use this training in everyday life
  • Collaboration with partner agencies.
  • Support victims and public in different light and share with co-workers
  • Think back to the 5 pillars