The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has highlighted the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people as a key priority. Sadly traumatic experiences are all too common for many young people -  from early trauma, separation, abuse, adverse childhood experiences, chronic stressors to even global pandemics - there are many challenges that can have a profound and long-term negative impact on the physical, developmental and emotional health across the lifespan. As professionals on the front lines of caring for children and adolescents we have a real potential for early identification of, and response to, childhood trauma and to help promote resilience and recovery.

We are delighted to welcome Stephanie Crisp from The Promise Scotland. The promise is that Scotland's children and young people will grow up loved, safe and respected. To keep it, Scotland must bring about the change demanded by its Independent Care Review. The Review was built on what children and young people with experience of care had to say. We look forward to Stephanie sharing the findings of this review and why trauma informed care matters. 

Sarah Bracken who works in the Peri-Natal and Infant Mental Health Team in NHS Highland has a keen interest in the relationship between attachment, adversity and trauma. We are thrilled that she will be sharing from her experience on why early relationships matter, priorities set out in the Scottish Government infant pledge, the impact of trauma on development and how we can have a trauma informed approach. 

Keith Millar is the headteacher at Gorgie Mills High School in Edinburgh. Keith is passionate about supporting children and adolescents with additional support needs.  We are very grateful for Keith coming to speak about how trauma informed care is vital in supporting children within education and in promoting their rights. 

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