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The Salford Way - Resources

This page has been developed to help you access useful information about different types of resources and information that are available to support Salford in becoming more aware of trauma and understanding how we can support resilience across our city.

We aim to keep the resource section regularly updated to ensure that anyone who works or volunteers with children and young people have access to up to date and relevant information.

If you have any questions or comments please contact:

How a child's brain develops through early experiences (NSPCC)

This short animation (4 mins) explains how experiences in the first years of our lives affect how our brains form. Science tells us that the stress of abuse or neglect can damage the basic structures of a child’s developing brain. Without the right help, it can put them at risk of a lifetime of health problems, developmental issues and addiction. 


BoingBoing have developed a series of the Resilience Frameworks to support professionals

The Framework has been split into five headings, Basics, Belonging, Learning, Coping and Core Self, and within each of these compartments is a selection of evidenced based ideas or remedies, to draw on when trying to make a resilient move with a child or young person.

Please see the downloadable section at the bottom of the page for PDFs of the frameworks.

Young Minds

Young Minds have developed a range of information and resources to support the development and implementation of trauma informed models of care, including:

The National ACEs agenda

Wales: Research and resources that have been developed as part of their Ace Hubs and resilient communities, to access please use the following link: Early Action Together

Scotland: In 2016 published Polishing the Diamonds which introduced their approaches from policy to practice to address ACEs, to access please use the following link: Polishing the Diamonds report (PDF)

UK Trauma Council

The UK Trauma Council is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples from across the UK and brings together expertise in research, practice, policy and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma. 

How mental health problems develop: Professor Eamon McCrory explains what scientists have learned about how mental health problems develop overtime. This video is a part of the Childhood Trauma and the Brain resource, a general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences, like abuse and neglect.

Duration: 8.40 mins

Principles to promote resilience and recovery: Professor Eamon McCrory explains what we can do to help promote resilience and recovery in children following experiences of abuse and neglect.

Duration: 11.30 mins

Little Book of Adverse Childhood Experiences (Lancaster University)

The book was written by a small group of front line practitioners who have extensive experience in supporting children who are living with trauma and/or experiencing traumatic events. The team are all based in the North West of England and work in the education sector and the NHS.

The book provides information for practitioners about what ACEs are, what their immediate effects are and how they can affect children both in the short-term and throughout their lives. Offering the reader some case study examples, and also discuss a number of different ways that have been developed to manage the effects of ACEs and to prevent them occurring in the first place.

To download: Little Book of ACEs

Further reading: 

The Early Intervention Foundation report Adverse Childhood Experiences: What we should know, what we don't know and what should happen next looks at the evidence relating to the prevalence, impact and treatment of ACEs, along with the known level of effectiveness of ACE related approaches.

The full report and summary are available in the downloadable section at the bottom of the page.

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