Child Development and Trauma

Victorian State Government, Australia

This page provides a specialist practice resource regarding trauma to help practitioners to understand the typical developmental pathways of children and recognise indicators of trauma at different ages and stages.

‘Importantly, the resource offers practical, age-appropriate advice as to the needs of children, parents and carers when trauma has occurred and ways in which children and families can be assisted in healing and recovery.’

Different PDFs are available which focus on various age groups, detailing developmental trends, the possible indicators of trauma, its impact on children and parental/carer support encouraged following trauma.

Specific age groups covered:

  • 0-12 months
  • 12 months to 3 years
  • 3 years to 5 years
  • 5 years to 7 years
  • 7 years to 9 years
  • 9 years to 12 years
  • 12 years to 18 years