Whole School Approach - resources / tools / links to trauma informed practice and more

Supporting and encouraging trauma informed practice has been an important part of the work of Headstart in recent years with a fabulous number of practictioners trained and working in schools and community settings. A Whole School Approach is an important part of being trauma informed. For example

TIS UK Self-assessment Implementation checklist for Protect, Relate, Regulate, Reflect - leading to the The TISUK trauma and mental health informed schools award


Creating Trauma-Informed Organisations 

Dr Karen Treisman, another highly regarded thinker, author and trainer in the field of trauma informed practice has recently completed

a mammoth resource for looking at a whole school / setting approach on how to become a trauma informed organisation.

It is an outstanding resource that we can't do justice to here... Karen gave a super webinar for Cornwall soon after publication in June '21

and we are hoping that she'll be back this school year.




There are lots of resources / tools to support Whole School Approaches one of our favourite is... 

The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook 

Headstart Kernow are working with Dr Pooky Knightsmith. Part of the work is to offer schools access to and support around Pooky's book, 'The Mentally Healthy Schools Workbook'  which is full of practical tips, ideas and case studies for supporting school to make small successful changes along the way to creating a WSA. 


Six Litmus Tests

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Here is a quick guide to to the workbook and the 6 Litmus Tests and Pooky gives an introduction to the workbook in this short film. Our quick litmus test online tool uses Pooky's 6 Litmus Tests.



Resilience and a Whole School Approach

The BoingBoing Resilience Framework and the Young Minds Academic Resilience Approach (based on BoingBoing's Framework) provide another, asset focused, approach that schools can use to suit their needs to support wellbeing in the context of a Whole School Approach. Find out more and access resources by following the links above. See more about resilience and the Cornwall Wellbeing Hub here (or click on the image below).


Cornwall RF Framework