The child development and trauma specialist practice resource has been developed to assist practitioners in understanding typical developmental pathways of children and recognising indicators of trauma at different ages and stages.

Importantly, the resource offers practical, age-appropriate advice as to the needs of children, parents, and carers when trauma has occurred and ways in which children and families can be assisted in healing and recovery.

The following information needs to be understood in the context of the overview statement on child development:

Child development and trauma resources are available for age groups:

The full guide


This guide was prepared by Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria and was last updated in 2012. Click here to visit the DHS resource page on child development and trauma.

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