Trauma-informed interventions in early childhood education and care settings : A scoping review

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Sun, Yihan, Blewitt, Claire, Minson, Victoria, Bajayo, Rachael, Cameron, Lee and Skouteris, Helen. (2024). Trauma-informed interventions in early childhood education and care settings : A scoping review. Trauma, Violence and Abuse: a review journal. 25(1), pp. 648-662. https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380231162967
AuthorsSun, Yihan, Blewitt, Claire, Minson, Victoria, Bajayo, Rachael, Cameron, Lee and Skouteris, Helen
Abstract

Trauma in early childhood is a significant public health concern. Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services are uniquely positioned to buffer the negative impact of early childhood trauma on children. This scoping review synthesized studies evaluating trauma-informed interventions in ECEC settings through a systematic search of four relevant online databases (PsycINFO, Medline, ERIC, A+ Education). Fourteen studies met the inclusion criteria, with 12 ECEC centerbased trauma-informed interventions evaluated. Types and components of trauma-informed interventions, outcomes, and measures are presented. Findings suggest that trauma-informed interventions in ECEC settings are nascent but growing. Increasingly, programs are adopting multi-tiered system of support to address early childhood trauma, with these models suggesting promising results. The predominant focus of ECEC center-based trauma-informed interventions was upskilling teachers through training and coaching, with studies focused on assessment of teacher-level outcomes. Child, organization, and caregiver-level outcomes are not explored to the same extent, with evaluation of organizational outcomes relying predominately on qualitative methods. Whilst the short-term outcomes of trauma-informed approaches in ECEC have been examined, longer-term impacts and the causal mechanistic pathways of such programs have yet to be explored.

Keywordstrauma-informed; early childhood; childhood trauma; multi-tiered; training
Year01 Jan 2024
JournalTrauma, Violence and Abuse: a review journal
Journal citation25 (1), pp. 648-662
PublisherSage Publications, Inc. (US)
ISSN1524-8380
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/15248380231162967
PubMed ID37042258
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/15248380231162967
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Page range648-662
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Online12 Apr 2023
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Deposited28 Jun 2024
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