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Our Lives with Others: An evaluation of trauma, bereavement and loss developments at HMYOI Polmont

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The three-pronged approach involved: 

  • Awareness-raising training for all staff in the establishment, regardless of their role and responsibilities, delivered by Barnardo’s
  • A small pilot service, providing specialist assessment and direct intervention to young men affected by trauma, bereavement and loss, also provided by Barnardo’s
  • Efforts to create a more coherent, coordinated and ‘trauma-informed’ response across the organisation

The aim of the research was to: 

  • Generate new learning to further knowledge and understanding about the trauma, bereavement and loss needs of young people involved in offending 
  • Increase understanding about effective interventions by monitoring the experience and impact of the Here & Now service and the staff awareness training 
  • To document and describe the Our Lives with Others approach, processes and outcomes to inform SPS service delivery and any formal commissioning and tendering processes in the future. 


Download The Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice report here.