Youth criminal justice and residential settings

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Guides & Facts Sheets

Complex Trauma: Facts for Directors, Administrator

Provides information for staff in residential treatment centers on how to understand behavior through a trauma lens, as well as recommendations for directors and administrators on trauma-informed residential policies, staff training and self-care, as well as the developmental and educational needs of youth.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Treatment Staff in Resid

Details the importance of a holistic, multidisciplinary, multi-level approach to addressing the needs of youth with complex trauma in residential treatment settings. This fact sheet offers general guidelines for treatment providers, challenging them to “avoid a view of youth behavior that is limited solely to behavior management.”

Trauma-Focused Interventions for Youth in the Juve

Describes evidence-informed interventions for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. This fact sheet discussed interventions that address posttraumatic emotional and behavioral problems, setting the stage before providing or referring for a therapeutic intervention, intervention for traumatized adolescents, interventions for traumatized youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and additional clinical considerations when working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. 

Ten Things Every Juvenile Court Judge Should Know

Highlights what ten things juvenile court judges should know to best meet the needs of traumatized children who come into their system. This guide breaks down each of the ten items for judges to offer information on how they are related to delinquency and the behaviors of youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Trauma: What Child Welfare Attorneys Should Know

Provides child welfare attorneys with knowledge about trauma, practice tips for incorporating trauma-informed practices into legal representation, and resources to assist in the representation of clients with histories of trauma. This guide aides in the representation of their clients, with the understanding that not all suggestions will be applicable or appropriate in all cases.

Free Training & Webinar

Think Trauma: A Training for Working with Justice

Provides an overview for juvenile justice staff on how to work towards creating a trauma-informed juvenile justice residential setting. This training includes four modules including trauma and delinquency; trauma’s impact on development; coping strategies; and vicarious trauma, organizational stress, and self-care.

Community Violence and Trauma: Supporting Youth an

Discusses the processes leading maltreated youth to become involved in the juvenile justice system. This webinar describes the characteristics of crossover youth with a particular focus on those living in urban settings, including the highly disproportionate representation of ethnic minority youth and girls.


Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed resources to help juvenile justice professionals (including judges, attorneys, law enforcement, probation officers, frontline residential staff, and mental health personnel) understand and provide trauma-focused services to these youth, create trauma-informed juvenile justice systems that are effective, and ensure the safety of youth, family members, staff, and community