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The impact of adverse childhood experiences is being felt in many schools through the UK. For children who have experienced trauma and loss, the impact can be more profound and far-reaching.


Adopted and permanently placed children regularly experience a range of difficulties that can be hard for school staff to make sense of. The starting point has to be a recognition that the vast majority of adopted and permanently placed children have been significantly impacted by their experience of abusive interpersonal relationships in early life. As a consequence of the developmental trauma they experienced, their nervous systems developed in an adaptive way to be hypersensitive to signs of perceived danger and to react with behaviour that provides the best chance of survival. 

It is this behaviour that is often highlighted as the most problematic area of concern for schools. 

"Teachers and schools have a vital role to play in helping these children emotionally, socially and educationally by providing specific support, to raise their attainment and address their wider needs.”

Department for Education 2014

If you would like more information on how Child in Mind can work with your school to improve the outcomes for children affected by developmental trauma please contact Jayne who will be happy to discuss your needs.

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