Staf have welcomed yesterday's announcement made by deputy First Minister John Swinney that the Scottish Government will invest an additional £1.35 million to create a national training programme, developed for workers supporting people who have had adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and traumatic experiences in adulthood, such as physical or sexual abuse.

The announcement follows the Scottish Government's commitment to better preventing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and where ACEs have occurred, to help children and adults overcome these experiences and build resilience in September 2017.

Mr Swinney said:

This training will give front line workers the knowledge, skills and confidence they need when responding to people affected by adversity and trauma – giving choice and control to people who need it most.” 

Staf CEO Norma Corlette said:

Staf welcomes yesterday’s announcement of new funding for a national trauma training programme.

“Our membership of frontline workers and managers have told us that trauma training is a high priority, which is why our 2018 National Conference is named – and centres on – healing from trauma and moving on.

“This new training programme is a step in the right direction. We hope the funding will increase to ensure that every worker supporting people who have had ACEs and traumatic experiences has the opportunity to take part in this programme.”


  • Staf (Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum) is a membership organisation established in response to concerns that frontline practitioners shared about the major difficulties care leavers experience during their fragile transition to adulthood and independent living. Twenty years later, Staf continues to work with our members including all 32 local authorities and over 40 voluntary and independent organisations to gain equality for care experienced young people in every part of their lives.
  • Read the full quote from Deputy John Swinney here.
  • Staf National Conference 2018 will take place on 27th November 2018 at the Glasgow Science Centre. More information can be found here.

For further information contact Alex Comrie, Administration Officer, on 0141 465 7511 / [email protected]