The Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) regularly produces a podcast to share information on child protection and safeguarding topics.
I joined Tammy Banks, AoCPP Interim Consultant Director, for a special episode on trauma, adversity and resilience in the context of a public health crisis.
The conversation with Tammy was fantastic, and we covered a range of topics over the course of the podcast.
We discussed our careers and early experiences at work, which have led us both to champion trauma-informed care.
For me, my first epiphany came, early in my career, while working on the ‘old long stay wards’ at Prestwich Hospital. It was here, working as an assistant, that I realised that the people being treated there appeared to have very little in common, apart from the consistent theme that the majority reported some kind of trauma or had grown up with adversity in their lives. Many years later in my career while working as Clinical Director for Children and Families Services for the NHS, I was fortunate enough to shadow health visitors for a few days. This was my second Damascene moment; it was then that I began to see that supporting families to give their children the best start in life, was the best investment we could collectively make. I knew then that to make prevention rather than cure the new status quo had become my personal cause.
The Resilience Task Force was also covered on the podcast, and we discussed how AoCPP members could support the campaign. The AoCPP is fully backing the aims of the Resilience Task Force and I’m hopeful with their support we can make further steps forward.
Tammy was a fabulous host, and her passion for the subject of trauma, adversity and resilience made for a really stimulating discussion.
You can listen to the podcast using the links below.
Supporting families to give their children the best start in life, was the best investment we could collectively make.