Childhood Trauma

Early childhood trauma generally refers to the traumatic experiences that occur to children aged 0-6. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence—such as child physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence—or the result of natural disaster, accidents, or war. Young children also may experience traumatic stress in response to painful medical procedures or the sudden loss of a parent/caregiver. Trauma can be the result of a single event, or it can result from exposure to multiple events over time.


VIDEO How childhood trauma affects health across the lifespan – Dr Nadine Burke Harris’ TED talk


VIDEO Dr Dan Hughes – How early years trauma affects brain development


VIDEO Trauma, brain and relationship: helping children heal. A 25-minute video (features Dr Dan Siegel, Dr Bruce Perry, Dr Jeanne Segal among others)



Dr Dan Hughes, ‘Trauma and the Road to Recovery’. Recorded at the Scottish Attachment in Action conference 2010.


Articles and PDFs

A helpful factsheet on trauma from the Child Welfare Information Gateway (USA)

Useful websites
This US-based site has helpful resources including video material, and checklists for identifying trauma in different age groups of children

The Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma