Screening children with a history of maltreatment for post‐traumatic stress disorder in frontline social care organizations: a process evaluation

John Devaney*, Colm Walsh, Lisa Bunting, Paul Best, Gavin Davidson, Ciaran Mulholland, Declan French, Michael Duffy

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Abstract

The use of standardized screening tools to identify trauma exposure and associated symptoms is commonly recommended as a key component in the development of trauma informed services and is seen as integral to facilitating access to evidence-based therapies. However, there is limited evidence in the UK about the factors influencing the adoption of such tools into routine practice in children's social care. This paper presents the findings from a process evaluation of how practitioners implemented a screening tool for post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression into their day-to-say practice and what worked or did not work during the process. The findings from this study highlight the potential benefits for both young people and practitioners, alongside some of the challenges involved. In particular, practitioners need to see the direct benefit for young people of being assessed. Additionally, practitioners value regular mentoring as they become more proficient in using standardized screening tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1225-1234
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date25 May 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2023

Keywords

  • mental health
  • PTSD
  • screening
  • process evaluation
  • child welfare

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