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Screening Practices

Screening for child trauma provides workers the information they need to make decision that are better informed, more accurate, consistent, and reflective of the child, youth, and families voice

Advancing Screening Practices can include:

  • Use of validated and developmentally appropriate instruments for trauma screening
  • A workforce culture that understands the importance of screening for trauma symptoms no matter the initial presenting concerns
  • Screening procedures that promote transparency, safety, and confidentiality (e.g., clarifying your role and what to expect from screening).
  • Procedures to ensure that only necessary information for determining a history of trauma and the possible existence and extent of traumatic stress symptoms are elicited
  • A workforce that is knowledgeable, skilled, and confident in managing children and youth’s initial disclosure/discussion of trauma, as well as avoidance
  • Procedures designed to provide feedback about the results of screening in a synthesized, simple, and compassionate manner to both children and their families
  • Systems in place to collect screening information
  • Systems in place for positive screens to be promptly referred to appropriate services
  • Systems in place to reduce the negative consequences for inaccurate screening


  • Webinars

  • Training Guides & Curricula