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Key Objectives for Foster Carers:


This approach focuses primarily on the importance of keeping children safe, and avoiding further vulnerability and exploitation. The relationship between carer and child is the most important element in this approach, and that the initial focus should primarily be on safety, stability and balance.


The key objectives of the approach are:

  • Understanding trauma-informed thinking and behaviour in terms of how this affects a child’s development

  • Gaining a greater understanding of childhood trauma and attachment, and what this means in everyday life

  • Understanding the importance of creating physical and psychological safety for a child

  • Understanding that helping children feel safe and able to identify and trust positive adults helps repair trauma

  • Ability to help children understand and enjoy relationships with friends 

  • Understanding the relationship between trauma-informed care, self-esteem, risk, and resilience

  • Developing practical approaches to build long-term self-coping skills through unconditional positive regard, congruency and empathy

  • Learning to enjoy experiences with children, and why fun and play matter more than theory

  • Understanding how carers can help children feel better about themselves

  • Working through unhelpful thinking and behaviour, and debunking common childcare ‘myths’

  • Improving overall well-being for children and carers

  • Creating resilience and establishing clear plans for moving forward

  • Becoming a reflective carer

Using the Safety, Stability, Repair and Resilience Model (SSRR) to help children with complex behaviours stay in placements

Studio 3 has worked with adopting families, foster carers, and carers in residential children's services to understand the unique challenges faced in using trauma-informed care approaches, particularly with children who have trauma-related behaviours and attachment difficulties. We have also spent considerable time talking and listening to care experienced children.  Our research has led to the development of the integrated, trauma-informed and practical Safety, Stability, Repair and Resilience (SSRR) Care Approach.

     This approach incorporates Studio 3’s mainstays of creating low-stress environments, practicing trauma-informed care, encouraging carers to be reflective practitioners, avoiding retriggering trauma, and using Low Arousal Approaches to provide a kind, child-friendly, respectful, and developmentally appropriate approach to caring for vulnerable children.

Trauma-Informed Care Training

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Course Information

The approach is arranged as a series of overlapping stages, each with its own objectives and strategies to meet the child’s developmental needs. The central plank in the success of the model is the development of a positive, reflective, playful and kind relationship between the carer and the traumatised child.

         Carers are seen as the key agents of change through the therapeutic relationships they develop with the children they support. The training approach emphasises the need for reflective practice, understanding the child’s trauma and the effect this has had on their development, and the importance of playful and kind interactions.  The key focus of the trauma-informed SSRR approach is on the practical implications rather than the theory of trauma-informed approaches.  

Course Dates


For more information or to book your place on this course, contact our office at 01225 334 111 or email

Train the Trainer

Interested in becoming a trainer in Trauma-Informed Care Using the SSRR Approach? At Studio 3, our philosophy is to train high quality trainers who can deliver excellent and enjoyable person-centred training, whilst providing course participants with the most relevant advice and information about the area they are working in, and the adults and children they care for. Studio 3 trainers must demonstrate the ability to deliver training and relate theoretical knowledge to kind and positive approaches in everyday care settings.

Enquire about the SSRR Approach

What Kind of People Make Good Trainers?


Based on our experience, professional qualifications are not in themselves prerequisites for successful trainers. Successful candidates have included: clinical psychologists, qualified and unqualified nursing carers, foster carers, carers from residential children’s homes and care assistants.


Essential Skills


  • Commitment to trauma-informed care approaches and a non-aversive approach to behaviour management

  • The ability to show empathy for children and adults who present with complex behaviours

  • A minimum of three years of practical experience caring for children or adults who have experienced abuse and trauma and/or present with challenges

  • Computer literacy

  • The ability to respond to constructive feedback

  • The ability to present to a room full of people

  • Commitment to completing the Training the Trainer training

  • Empathy and a great sense of humour

  • A good level of resilience and adaptability

  • Honesty, integrity and a person-centred commitment to the children and adults they support


Desirable Skills


  • Background in training

  • Experience of working with high-risk adults or young people and people with challenging reputations

  • Previous experience of good and poor trauma-informed behaviour management practices

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