Staff who work with those who have suffered adverse childhood experiences are set to be given additional training
Workers who support vulnerable people are set to be given enhanced training on trauma.
A new national programme for workers who are supporting people who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic experiences in adulthood, such as physical or sexual abuse is set to be created.
The Scottish Government will invest £1.35 million into the initiative which will be led and coordinated by NHS Education for Scotland with support from other partners.
The scheme has been welcomed by charities who work with those who have suffered adverse experiences.
Sandie Barton, director of operations for Rape Crisis Scotland, said: “We are delighted with the announcement of this new funding which will enable a more confident and knowledgeable workforce. We know from survivors of sexual violence that having trauma informed services that listen and respond with sensitivity can make all the difference to their recovery."
Martin Crewe, of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: "We have consistently highlighted the need for a clear strategy for the roll out of the framework, with a focus on the children and young people’s workforce.
"This announcement shows a strong commitment from the Scottish Government and is an important step towards ensuring we have a trauma-informed workforce able to recognise, respond to, and support children, young people and their families who have experienced trauma.”
The announcement was also welcomed by Children 1st, with chief executive Mary Glasgow saying it will help prevent and protect children from harmful experiences and strengthen communities.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “This training will give front line workers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need when responding to people affected by adversity and trauma – giving choice and control to people who need it most.”