Stay Prepared - Trauma Network for Children
Pilot programme to establish a new model of community-based psychosocial support and care for children with trauma
Partners: KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Community Organisations, Madrasahs under Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS), Schools under the Ministry of Education, Special Education Schools, Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs)
In April 2014, Temasek Foundation Cares and KK Women's and Children's Hospital launched a three-year pilot programme, Temasek Foundation Cares KITS (Kids in Tough Situations), to build the capability of the community in providing trauma therapy for children. The Stay Prepared - Trauma Network for Children builds on the success of the Temasek Foundation Cares KITS programme. It aims to enhance community-based resources to adequately provide psychosocial trauma support for children and families in schools and in the community. It will equip community-based organisations and schools who serve children with trauma-specific skills and link them together in a trauma learning network.
The goals of the programme are to:
1. Develop a validated model and training pedagogy for providing trauma first aid to children in traumatic events that is community-based and culturally sensitive
KK Women's and Children's Hospital will be developing a training pedagogy for a two-part trauma first aid course that is suitable for Singapore schools and the community. 680 community-based therapists and school counsellors will be trained.
2. Equip the community, including schools under the Ministry of Education, with the capability to provide adequate and immediate support for children post trauma
100 community-based therapists and school counsellors will be trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
3. Establish a trauma learning network that includes community and school-based trauma-informed practitioners
A learning network will be set up for practitioners in trauma therapy to:
- Stay connected with each other and be easily reachable as a group
- Stay up-to-date on trauma-informed care
- Receive mentoring and consultation
- Attend sharing sessions or webinars on the latest trauma-related information
- Have platforms to share ideas and resources
4. Raise awareness of trauma in children amongst the general public
Outreach efforts to 10,000 children and their families to increase awareness on trauma, its impact, as well as how and when to seek support or treatment for a child with signs of trauma.
Overview of beneficiaries
- 3,040 children and their caregivers (direct beneficiaries)
- 680 community-based therapists and school counsellors trained in trauma first aid
- 100 community-based therapists and school counsellors trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- 10,000 children and their families educated on trauma care