RCET Announce Trauma-Informed Practice as Theme of 2021 Virtual Conference

The Royal Caledonian Education Trust will host a virtual conference on 03 November 2021, which will explore trauma-informed practice and put this into context with regard to the charity’s work with children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland.

Why another conference on trauma informed practice?

We know that trauma can affect any one of us and that the Scottish Government’s ambition, shared by many partners, is for a trauma informed workforce and services across Scotland. At Royal Caledonian Education Trust (RCET), like many other organisations, we have been re-evaluating our organisational practice through a trauma lens and asking ourselves is there anything we need to take into consideration that is specific to the unique experiences of children and young people, from serving personnel, reservist and veteran families across Scotland? We have been exploring the research and listening to what our young people tell us.

Our conference is about putting trauma and trauma informed practice into the context of children and young people from forces families and exploring the impact these experiences can have on mental health and wellbeing, relationships with others and future pathways in life. If we embed trauma informed practice in our work is that enough to support Armed Forces Children and Young people? Is there anything else we should be considering? Is there anything we need to be mindful of in relation to this group of children and young people’s unique experiences?

Whatever your background, our conference is an opportunity to join us in this exploration and conversation.

Who should consider attending?

Since being trauma informed is a national ambition within Scotland, relevant to all of us, our conference will be of interest to a wide variety of people who wish to expand upon their continual professional development; from those working within education, social care, community, armed forces and the third sector. Our virtual conference is an opportunity for professionals working with Armed Forces children, young people and families to come together, hear about and share good practice.

• Primary/secondary education
• Further/higher education
• Community/Youth/third sector
• Clinical Practitioners (Psychology/Mental Health/Social Care)
• Military Welfare Personnel
• Undergraduate/Postgraduate Students
• Policy & Development

The key elements of our conference

First and foremost, you will hear directly from our young people. Our keynote speakers for this event include world-leading experts Dr Karen Treisman MBE and Lisa Cherry. Air Vice Marshall Paterson and our new CEO, Laura Falconer, will also explore the theme of trauma and its relevance to Armed Forces children and young people. Our conference will cover theory, research, practice and personal experience.

Find out more about how the theoretical principles of trauma-informed practice described by our keynote speakers are applied to working with Armed Forces children and young people, hear the latest research on the importance of identity and belonging and explore the importance of language. Hear about the work supporting serving personnel and veteran families at Kinloss Primary School and learn directly from what our young people from RCET’s Youth Participation Programme tell us about what trauma and trauma informed practice means to them.

Reflect, discuss and share your thoughts about what you have learned and explored with fellow professionals through a series of themed breakout sessions. What’s more, you will be able engage with keynote speakers as well as staff and young people from Royal Caledonian Education Trust as part of our panel discussion.

The Conference will be held virtually this year to ensure that it can go ahead safely due to the ever-changing situation of the pandemic and event registration will open during week commencing 26 July 2021.

For further information, please email conference@rcet.org.uk