The Race Equality Foundation has been commissioned by Barnardo’s to investigate the impact of trauma and racism on Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people, children and families, and to assess whether trauma informed care accounts for racism. Trauma and racism can have a profound, negative, and lasting impact on a child’s development, and if it goes unresolved it can be passed on to the next generation. Despite the fact that Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people are thought to be at a greater risk of experiencing trauma, due to a variety of structural factors, their particular experiences and needs have not always been at the centre of developing trauma informed research and care.

What is trauma?

Trauma is an emotional response to an event, series of events or set of circumstances that has caused physical, mental or life threatening harm and has resulted in negatively impacting an individual’s mental, physical and spiritual well-being. If trauma goes unresolved it can be passed onto the next generation, this is called intergenerational trauma.

What is racism?

Racism is the act of discriminating against someone based on their ethnicity. It is a process where systems, policies, actions, and attitudes create unequal and unfair opportunities and outcomes for people based on their ethnicity.

What is trauma informed care?

Trauma informed care is an approach to health and care interventions that is meant to help professionals and frontline practitioners to deliver sufficient support. It involves trying to understand what may have caused someone to behave and feel the way they do by taking into account the variety of consequences trauma can have on an individual’s development.

Project Outline

The project will initially see the collection of UK evidence on Black, Asian and minority ethnic people’s experience of trauma, racism, and trauma informed care. The project will also see the delivery of reports and research papers. The ultimate goal of this project is to deliver a practical intervention and to offer new guidance and recommendations on trauma informed care that are suitable for young people in order to prevent the cycle of intergenerational trauma from continuing.

We intend to co-produce research with a group of Black, Asian and minority ethnic young people in order to include a variety of lived experiences in the development of our research. The project participants will continually inform our research process and help us to identify areas for improvement as well as make recommendations. We are currently looking for young people to take part in this project and to share their opinion on the impact of racism and trauma.

The project is taking place between: February 2023- June 2024

If you know of anyone who may be interested in joining the co-production team or would like more information on the project, please contact: Muminah@racefound.org.uk / 07505906428