The development of a trauma informed care framework for residential services for adults with an intellectual disability: Implications for policy and practice.

Paddy McNally, Laurence Taggart, M Shevlin

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Abstract

Trauma informed care has become an evidenced based approach for inpatient and residential services for people in the general population who are likely to have been impacted by trauma. Given the increased vulnerability to psychological trauma for adults with an intellectual disability, it should follow that residential services for adults with an intellectual disability would also benefit from a trauma informed care approach. Two focus groups and individual interviews with seven adults with an intellectual disability and six workshops with seven service providers were conducted to co-produce a trauma informed care framework for residential services that was evidence-based and guided by established models (MRC, Developing and evaluating complex interventions, London: MRC & NIHR, 2019; Wight et al., Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70, 520–525, 2016). The framework was developed into four chapters: ‘Setting the context’; ‘Organisational change’; ‘Workforce development’; and ‘Trauma focussed services’. A logic model outlining the mechanisms of change was refined over the course of the co-production workshops. This is the first study to develop and co-produce a trauma informed care framework for residential and supported living accommodation for adults with an intellectual disability. The framework has implications for local policy and practice in its current cultural context. Future development is required to operationalise and test the framework and to explore its adaptability to international contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-248
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume20
Issue number3
Early online date19 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 8 Sept 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities published by International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Wiley Periodicals LLC.

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • trauma informed care
  • framework
  • logic model
  • co-production
  • policy
  • practice
  • residential

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