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What is trauma-informed care and how can its principles support service users?

Past trauma can be overlooked in people with learning disabilities and mental health issues

People with learning disabilities and mental health issues may have a history of trauma and nurses need to know how to promote a healing environment

What is trauma-informed care?

According to the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) trauma-informed care focuses on creating conditions in services and organisations that reduce harm and promote healing, especially for those who have already experienced trauma.

‘It recognises that past experience of trauma can affect how a person perceives and responds to their environment in the present,’ says a 2020 MHF report looking at trauma and adversity . ‘For


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