A Trauma-Informed Approach

  • Home-Start East Sussex offers early intervention services that take a preventative approach to reducing adversity and trauma.
  • HSES is aware of the impact of difficult and challenging experiences and how they can have a traumatic impact on all family members, both adults and children.
  • Covid19 is one such challenge currently being experienced by those accessing our services, who may already have lived through adverse experiences such as domestic abuse.
  • Staff understand that individuals – particularly victims of domestic abuse – may have experienced additional trauma following disclosure, due to systemic processes.
  • Trauma is understood and championed across the charity at management and practitioner level, including how to identify and respond to individual needs.
  • All our services are developed to empower all those supported, enabling hope and resilience.
  • Staff work hard to provide time and a safe space to develop supportive relationships.  All our groups include informal time to develop peer support and the opportunity for those accessing the service to talk one-to-one to staff.
  • All our services are strength-based and person-centred.  Those that access our services are encouraged to share past and present coping strategies with staff/volunteer – or with peers if they are being supported in a group.  Confidence and resilience-building techniques are also used.
  • Reflective practice is built into our services by (i) making space for people experiencing trauma and (ii) time in staff supervision and team meetings for staff well being .
  • HSES has developed clear pathways to specialist services and staff know when to refer/signpost.
  • Staff work collaboratively with those accessing our services and referrers to improve all our services. Ex-service users are invited to attend our Service Steering Groups to give their valuable perspective, acting as a critical friend and providing challenge and scrutiny.