Children can experience trauma in childhood in a range of ways including sexual, emotional or physical abuse and neglect and/or growing up with domestic or community violence and other adverse childhood experiences). Children can also experience trauma in the absence of overt abuse e.g. if caregivers are unable to meet a child’s emotional needs (e.g. because they have unresolved trauma histories themselves e.g. as a result of mental illness or substance abuse).
When people have experienced childhood trauma it can negatively impact their health and well-being in adulthood. It can affect their self-esteem, capacity to have healthy relationships, their emotional and physical health and other aspects of daily life. Research shows that with the right support that recovery is possible, even from severe trauma early in life It also shows that when an parent has worked through their trauma, their children benefit.
If you have experienced trauma or abuse of any sort in childhood, the following resources and information are designed to help you understand childhood trauma and abuse, its impacts, as well as where and how to find help them help you need.