Weaving together knowledge for wellbeing - Trauma Informed Approaches resource

22 November 2019

This resource aims to raise awareness of what trauma is, the effects of trauma, and how to develop trauma informed approaches within our workforce and organisations. It was developed by Te Rau Ora, Le Va, Te Pou and Werry Workforce Whāraurau.


Trauma is common:
It is important to recognise that many people experience, and continue to experience, trauma in their lives


Children/Tamariki hold the hopes and dreams of their whānau, community and Aotearoa.  They are at the centre of all that we do. It is our responsibility to help children/tamariki thrive. There is a need for everyone working with children/tamariki to be aware of the impacts of trauma on the wellbeing of children/tamariki and their whānau.


Trauma potentially impacts all aspects of wellbeing for people, whānau and communities: 
Thoughts, behaviours, feelings, spiritual beliefs, relationships and physical health may reflect experiences of trauma


Recognising, understanding and responding to trauma in an informed way leads to positive outcomes for people and whānau in Aotearoa.


Working in a trauma informed way means weaving together knowledge, understanding and responses:
This includes people, culture, systems and organisations 


Everyone working with whānau needs to understand the impact of trauma on themselves, whānau, staff and others.

Te Pou website: "Knowledge of trauma and trauma informed approaches is important in mental health and addiction services given the high proportion of people who have experienced trauma. The acknowledgement of people’s experiences throughout their lives and their whānau is important for effective responses. The importance of trauma informed approaches is highlighted in Let’s get real and He Ara Oranga."


What you do every day can make a difference:
Often the small things make the biggest difference


► Click here to view the Trauma Informed Care eLearning courses 

Read More: 180219-Trauma-informed-approaches-Weaving-Together.pdf