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Inadequate care and support has resulted in families being plagued by trauma
The psychological trauma suffered by family carers of children and adults with autism and/or learning disabilities, has been highlighted in a survey published by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF).
The CBF’s trauma survey highlights how the current health and care system is dramatically failing families and often adds to, or is the cause of trauma. This can be clearly seen through the Winterbourne View and Whorlton Hall scandals.
When families were asked to identify the risk factors that they thought increased the likelihood of trauma, they identified:
The survey highlights the need for professional bodies to ensure workforces are sufficiently trauma-informed and trauma-trained; that they understand and comply with the relevant legal frameworks e.g Mental Capacity Act; and that all frameworks and pathways include trauma risk and support.
This study highlights the shocking treatment that children and adults with autism and/or learning disabilities still receive and the lack of care and support that is available for families.
Being trauma-informed can make a real difference to people’s lives - supporting a person to manage their distress and building their resilience. It is important that more organisations take steps to provide trauma-awareness training to whole workforces.