Course Welcome – What do we mean by Trauma Informed Practice?

Welcome to our course on Trauma Informed Practice. In the first of our video discussions, David Cameron speaks with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, a Research Scientist and Developmental Psychologist. David begins by asking – what is trauma informed practice? And, more importantly, what impact can this approach have on schools and the children and young people they nurture?

What do we mean by Trauma Informed Practice? (12:52)

  • Trauma, attachment and the science of connection
  • The power of curiosity and courage – thinking differently, changing cultures
  • High impact, low cost – no external approval needed!
  • How it works in practice – case studies from primary schools

NOTE: Working with David Cameron, we have put together a companion guide for each class across the course. The guide features a range of questions which will hopefully help you reflect on each discussion; the key themes being covered and how they can relate – or be applied – to your current practice. The guide for this video class can be downloaded via the ‘Materials’ tab at the top of the page.

Throughout the conversation, Dr Zeedyk talks about the Science of Connection and its impact on children and young people’s development. With help from our colleagues at Connected Baby we have created a short quiz below for you to test your understanding around the Science of Connection. If you’d like more information on this please do visit the Connected Baby website –

Having discussed what we mean by Trauma Informed Practice, in the next class David and Suzanne explore the power of curiosity and the importance of responding to the feelings and emotional needs of children and young people, rather than just their behaviours and actions. And Suzanne offers some practical examples of this working in secondary schools across Scotland, complementing the primary sector case studies featured in this class.

Companion Guide for Download - What do we mean by Trauma Informed Practice - Companion Guide


Suzanne has recommended a number of extra resources below, which compliment some of the themes discussed in this video class...

Sabre Tooth Tigers and Teddy Bears: The connected baby guide to attachment

Documentary Film: the connected baby

Training films for Early Years: Reunions and Partings

Short films: Dances of connection