New report recommends trauma-informed approaches for women

A sense of safety: Trauma-informed approaches for women has been published jointly by Centre for Mental Health and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.

The report explores how trauma-informed approaches are being implemented by public services including women’s centres, prisons and mental health services.

Within the services covered, those taking a holistic approach to supporting women’s needs were best able to make the change to becoming trauma-informed. But, in many organisations, becoming trauma-informed is made difficult by the environment they are working in or by short term and fragile funding.

As a result of the research, the Centre for Mental Health and Agenda are calling for all public services to become gender and trauma-informed.

The call is for it to be included in the next NHS Mandate and future NICE guidelines for health and social care. And bodies like the Care Quality Commission and Ofsted should inspect how well public services are gender and trauma-informed.

You can download the report here.