Agenda item

Trauma Informed City


Simon Hardwick (Devon and Cornwall Police) and Anna Moss (Plymouth City Council) were present for this item and referred to the report in the agenda pack.  It was reported that the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network had now been running for over two and a half years. In that time membership had grown to over 230 members. The network has a diverse membership which includes people with lived experience of trauma and interested professionals from public, private and voluntary sector backgrounds.  Their objectives are:


·         To review and reflect upon the emerging evidence regarding trauma informed approaches and Adverse Childhood Experiences, and continue to define an approach that envisions Plymouth as a Trauma Informed city.

·         To promote the Trauma Informed Plymouth approach (Envisioning Plymouth as a Trauma Informed City), within city communities, agencies and partnership systems.

·         To promote the Plymouth Trauma Lens as a consistent, universal and transformational narrative for a trauma informed city, that aspires to be courageously prevention focused.

·         To work alongside and support communities, agencies, and partnership systems in becoming trauma aware and trauma responsive.

·         To promote a system level response to the Trauma Informed approach and to support system change as a critical friend.

·         To ensure the voice of lived experience is respected, valued and placed at the centre of trauma informed practice. 

Since its inception the Trauma Informed Plymouth Network has managed most of its activity within existing resources. With the development of the Charter they recognised that they were reaching the limits of what could be achieved without some dedicated resource. They approached Plymouth City Council for support to take the network ambitions to a new phase, and received a very positive response. Funding offered would enable the NSPCC to employ a full-time development worker for the city for the next 12 months. They would also be able to fund additional consultancy work, including from people with lived experience, to enhance our system learning.


In addition they have been offered funding by the STP Prevention fund ‘Whole Systems for Whole People’ to develop our website and communication plan.  Priority Areas include:

·         Engaging with communities

·         Embedding trauma informed approaches into practice

·         Supporting system change

·         Charter development

·         Listening to the Voice of Lived Experience

·         Deepening our learning


The Board noted the Trauma Informed City update.

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