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Embedding trauma-informed approaches in adult probation

Embedding trauma-informed approaches in adult probation

Bradley, Alexandria and Petrillo, Madeline ORCID: 0000-0003-2819-1366 (2022) Embedding trauma-informed approaches in adult probation. Probation Quarterly, 24. pp. 9-13. ISSN 2752-6933 (Online) (doi:

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Within the last decade, awareness around the impact and pervasiveness of trauma across an individual’s life course, has become an expectation, rather than an exception within many human service systems (Fallot and Harris, 2009; SAMHSA, 2014). The emergence of trauma-informed approaches (TIA) began in American addiction and mental health services over 20 years ago (Harris and Fallot, 2001). The key principles underpinning TIA are Safety; Trustworthiness; Choice; Collaboration and Empowerment (Fallot and Harris, 2006) and these are to be embedded within the culture, practice and policies within a service. Crucially, those implementing TIA are not seeking to treat or directly support healing from trauma. Alternatively, TIA aim to increase staff knowledge around the legacy of trauma and how this impacts behaviour. This enables organisations to develop a culture that encourages greater engagement and access to services for individuals with trauma histories. This article reports on a recent research project that examined the extent to which trauma informed approaches are being embedded in adult probation services in England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: trauma informed practice; probation; rehabilitation; organisational development; trauma
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Gender, Deviance & Society (GDS)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
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