Trauma-Informed and Responsive (TIR) organizations must review all policies and procedures through the lens of the Guiding Principles and revise them as necessary. By doing so, they can proactively resist re-traumatization, while helping children and families cope with the impact of those traumatizing decisions when they cannot be avoided.
Revising policies as needed ensures the TIR approach becomes “hard-wired” into practice, rather than relying solely on training or individual supervisors.
TIR policies and procedures:
Decision-making in TIR organizations
Includes children and families in decision-making processes as often as possible, such as:
Provides opportunities for staff inclusion in the development of policies and procedures as often as possible.
Provides explanations for how and why any decisions that impact the child and family are made.