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Our Mission


Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that recovery from childhood trauma becomes available for all children & young people.

We Aim To Achieve This

  • Campaigning to influence law, policy and practice at a local and national level
  • Disseminating key knowledge to the wider children’s workforce in relation to promoting and facilitating recovery from childhood trauma
  • Developing principles for recovery focussed training for the children’s workforce
  • Establishing a virtual library and knowledge centre for information and research pertaining to the recovery from childhood trauma
  • Promoting a better public understanding of childhood trauma and its consequences to enable and facilitate recovery
  • Commissioning further research into childhood trauma, its consequences, and measures that can be taken to heal and mitigate those consequences
  • Delivering seminars, events, conferences and training to disseminate knowledge and understanding to improve practice and promote recovery

Our Values


Our Core Values

  • Hearing and acting upon the child’s voice
  • Recovery being central to everything we do
  • Empowering the adults in children’s lives to promote recovery

Our expressed values – we want to be viewed as

  • An open organisation committed to supporting and empowering the recovery of trauma
  • An organisation committed to open collaboration with all partners, research and practices, unafraid to embark on new initiatives but valuing the heritage of past research
  • An organisation that has a valued, current, informed and influential voice nationally and internationally in recovery from trauma

Our functional values

  • In the pursuit of recovery, we will always act with impartiality, independence and integrity

Our Vision


It is the aim of the Institute for Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT) to bring about lasting change and improved outcomes through the Development of the Children’s Workforce. Training in Child Development, Attachment Theory and the Impact of trauma, neglect and abuse on the brain in early childhood should be a prerequisite for all professionals working or coming into contact with children and young people. With this knowledge professionals will be able to respond in different and more appropriate ways to those young people suffering from multiple trauma. Day-to-day interaction with these children has a lasting impact and this is why awareness raising training and skills building are central to effecting lasting change.

Our mission is to ensure that recovery from childhood trauma is available for all children, resilience is developed and cycles of abuse and neglect are broken. The IRCT will achieve this through the establishment of a professional institute that offers:-

  • The gathering at one focal point existing knowledgeabout childhood trauma and the impact on child development and society
  • The generation of new knowledge through research and sharing best practice
  • The transfer of knowledge to all appropriate stakeholders
  • The development of key principles for recovery focussed training for the children’s workforce
  • To work with academic bodies to ensure that research is dessiminated to key professionals working with children
  • To establish a virtual library and knowledge centre for childhood trauma and recovery

And to do that we have the following aims:-

  • To promote public understanding of childhood trauma and its consequences.
  • To provide webinars and seminars for professionals and carers who work with children who have suffered trauma.
  • To promote further research into childhood trauma, its consequences, and measures that can be taken to heal and mitigate those consequences.
  • To influence policy and practice at a national and local level, in relation to helping children who have suffered from trauma.
  • To establish a virtual library and knowledge centre for childhood trauma.

This is how we will work to improve outcomes for children who have experienced trauma and this plan will assist us in establishing the IRCT as an appropriately structured and legally defined charity. It will provide our direction for the next three years and will be the foundation for monitoring and controlling our operations. We will review and revise this plan on a yearly basis to ensure we remain focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with our aspirations, which in the first instance will target children in care.

IRCT History


The Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT) came into being on September 14th 2012. We believe there is currently no established organisation in the UK that systematically seeks to draw together information about childhood trauma, publicise it and influence practice and policy in this area. It is clear to us that this gap needs to be closed.

The IRCT is a ‘community of practice’ creating a collaborative approach between individuals and organisations, who share a passion, to radically change the lives of children and young people who have suffered developmental trauma.

The Institute is currently supported by volunteer trustees, who are highly regarded professionals in their field of expertise – this is a testament to their commitment, and the vision and need for the Institute’s work. The committee consists of 11 members and is supported by a wider multi-disciplinary network of professionals and a number of universities who are members of the Institute’s Best Practice Forum.

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