Understanding support for students with trauma

  • McGough, Kerry (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Sharma, Umesh (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Trauma is a response to a stressful or traumatic event, or a series of such events or experiences. Trauma can affect a child’s ability to engage and succeed in education. Children affected by trauma have diverse and complex needs and require educational adjustment(s) to participate in education on the same basis as their peers. Students with trauma are currently reported in the NCCD if they have a disability according to the NCCD Guidelines and the DDA. While trauma has wide ranging consequences for students which may lead to disability, research shows that it does not always lead to disability and the appropriate responses to trauma can differ from the appropriate responses to disability.
Currently there is an inconsistent approach across jurisdictions to respond to students with trauma. This results in students not always receiving the support they need to learn, and more broadly schools not having the appropriate responses to enable an inclusive educative environment for all students. Current evidence shows that individual responses to students with trauma are supported through whole of school initiatives to nurture resilience and support the leaders of our future to learn, develop and grow.

The project funded by the Department of Education, the Commonwealth of Australia is being undertaken to examine different approaches used by state and territory education departments, sectors and schools to identify, support and resource students suffering from trauma. In doing so, the project will identify what options are available to establish a national approach for identifying and supporting students suffering from trauma, and introduce a worked-through model assessment procedure for teachers to apply to students who may be suffering from trauma.
Short titleNational Trauma Project
Effective start/end date6/06/2231/10/22


  • Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (Australia): A$711,739.00