How did a trauma-informed approach transform Washington State? Why are we giving you a case study of what the USA did?

The USA has the same social problems that we have in the UK:

  • 1 in 5 children being abused and/or neglected during their lifetime.
  • The USA and UK ACE studies show the same degree of social dysfunction and negative life outcomes
  • Levels of investment in prevention of child maltreatment, in both countries, have, for many decades, been fixed at between 3-5% of all money spent on children

    The results achieved in Washington State over a 10 year period are staggering. They saved thousands of lives and saved very significant sums of money too. Some of their many results include:

    - reduced rates of 7 major social problems: child abuse and neglect, family violence, youth violence, youth substance abuse, dropping out of school, teenage pregnancy and youth suicide

    - lower caseload costs in child welfare, juvenile justice and public medical costs associated with births to teenage mothers were calculated to be over $601 million

    - saved an average of $120 million per year, for a public investment of $3.4 million per year

Until 2018, the UK had not yet established trauma-informed approaches to secure large-scale social transformation. WAVE Trust coupled it's 22 year research and prevention expertise with the latest science about ACEs and Trauma-informed approaches to develop the TiC project in partnership with 'experts-by-experience', 70/30 Ambassadors,community champions and strategic local delivery people.

Areas interested in driving community change in the UK range from Orkney to Kent, Cumbria to Cornwall. 12 initial areas have laid down the groundwork for local TiCs and are keen to go full steam ahead.

The 70/30 Network is now seeking donors and supporters to expand the TiC project already begun in the 12 areas and to establish more TiC projects across the UK.