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Screening Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems for Trauma

Year: 2020

Trauma screening is important for youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, as these children are often exposed to high levels of trauma and may benefit from evidence-based trauma treatments. A common barrier to screening is addressing staff concerns.

This Issue Brief, written by the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, reviews screening efforts by child welfare and juvenile justice staff in Connecticut. The findings suggest that trauma screening was feasible, helpful for providing effective services, and rarely associated with significant distress. The Issue Brief recommendations for advancing trauma screening in Connecticut and nationally across child-serving systems.