Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit

Published in 2013 and based on work conducted in the SAMHSA-funded Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP) grant (2010-2013), the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit is designed to assist both individuals and greater systems in their efforts to create a more trauma-informed child welfare system.  It includes a variety of tools and resources that are designed to provide guidance, support, and practical suggestions that can be utilized across service systems.  The toolkit consists of all five documents highlighted on this page. To be able to download one or all five of the documents on this page with just one form, click here.

CTISP - Graphic - CW Policy Guide cover - for webCreating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators (2nd Edition)

This 15-chapter guide is full of valuable information on what trauma-informed child welfare looks like across most aspects of the overall system. It is targeted to administrators and anyone who works with children and families involved in the child welfare system.

Desk Guide TICW for MH first pageDesk Guide on Trauma-Informed Child Welfare for Child Mental Health Professionals

This 16-page guide plus pull-out insert is designed to assist mental health professionals in increasing their knowledge of the policies, practices, and culture of the child welfare system.

 Desk Guide TIMH for CW First PageDesk Guide on Trauma-Informed Mental Health for Child Welfare

This 20-page guide, plus 2 pull-out inserts, is designed to assist child welfare workers and supervisors in understanding mental health services that are available for children and families in the child welfare system.

Guidelines coverGuidelines for Applying a Trauma Lens to a Child Welfare Practice Model

These guidelines are designed to be a resource for child welfare agencies as they strive to update or articulate their current practice model. The guidelines include concrete strategies and community examples in most areas of a typical child welfare practice model.

TSRT Cover pageTrauma System Readiness Tool

A community assessment tool that can be completed by individuals within the child welfare workforce to determine the trauma-informed nature of their system.

Click here to download all or part of the Toolkit!