School setting

School Setting

Resources related to trauma-informed care in school settings can be found here.

Guides & Fact Sheets

Complex Trauma: Facts for Educators

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Helps educators and school staff recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma and offers recommendations on how to help students heal. 

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Provides school administrators, teachers, staff, and concerned parents with basic information about working with traumatized children in the school system. 

The Other Side of Covid

Created by McMaster Children’s Hospital.

This fact sheet provides information on the prevalence of child maltreatment during the pademic as well as tools to support children and families who experience trauma.

Attachment Disturbances and Managing Challenging Behaviour Within the School

Created by the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI).

​​​​​​This page illustrates the importance of taking into account the attachment of the child exhibiting challenging behaviours and offers tips for teachers.

Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Created by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Childhood adversity, toxic stress, and trauma can negatively impact students’ ability to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life.

Available here


Helping Traumatized Children Learn

Videos on the impacts of trauma on learning, behavior and relationships.  

- Created by Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI).

A School's Role In Keeping Our Kids Safe

​​​​​​This video was produced to equip all school staff members with the information and competencies to recognize potential child abuse and know what to do if abuse is suspected.  

- Created by the Luna Centre.

A Comprehensive Examination of Neglect, Witnessing Domestic Violence, and Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Abuse on School Engagement

This panel, presented during the 2022 Trauma Symposium, addresses how understanding school disengagement can help provide targeted prevention and intervention strategies in order to mitigate substance use, delinquency, and dropping out. It also focuses on the importance of considering child interpersonal trauma as a risk factor for these adverse outcomes.

- By Jocelyn Van Dyke & Shannon Stewart.



Trauma-Informed Schools

Created by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Children's reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.

Treatment and Services Adaptation Center

Created by the Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools.

Resources for education and mental health professionals.


Created by HEARTS at University of California San Francisco.

Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in School: Partnering with school communities to promote healing, social justice, and school success.