‘Trauma’ is a widely used term, but in this context it refers to: an event which is exceptionally threatening or catastrophic and is likely to cause distress for almost everyone.
Complex trauma is when these traumatic events are repeated and interpersonal (inflicted by other people). This includes childhood sexual abuse, childhood physical abuse, witnessing domestic abuse, war and neglect. Please note this is not an exhaustive list.
Children and young people with a complex trauma history can develop mental health difficulties which may lead to them presenting in CAMHS.
The Complex Trauma Pathway aims to support our colleagues in the locality CAMHS teams to provide a trauma sensitive approach to their input with young people who have a complex trauma history. As well as provide specialist input directly to young people and their families where needed.