This guide is intended as a supplementary resource for staff at Children's Aid Societies and Indigenous Well-being Agencies. It is not intended as an authority on social work or legal practice, nor is it meant to be representative of all perspectives in child welfare. Staff are encouraged to think critically when reviewing publications and other materials, and to always confirm practice and policy at their agency.
About this guide
This guide provides access to a variety of materials relating to trauma and child welfare, including resources on the following topics:
The impacts of trauma on child development and well-being
The relationship between histories/experiences of trauma and parenting/family functioning
Types of trauma, including trauma that can affect an entire community or people (e.g. colonization and racism) and trauma that can be passed on within a specific family (e.g. intimate partner violence)
Steps that the child welfare system can take towards preventing the retraumatization or perpetuation of trauma within families
This journal article explores intergenerational trauma amongst First Nations peoples and outlines some of the behavioural disturbances associated with stressful/traumatic experiences (e.g., depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse disorder).
This handout presents an overview of the literature on secondary traumatic stress (STS) in the child welfare workforce, identifying common sources and symptoms of STS and suggestions for workers and agencies to help prevent and address it