Safe Circle is a collaboration across seven agencies that focuses on community-based mental health services for children and youth. In a bid to build children and youth’s resilience, we are offering a complimentary talk and workshop on trauma-informed care.

The latest research findings from the Singapore Mental Health Study on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in 2020 and similar studies conducted overseas have shown that traumatic experiences can have an impact on one’s mental health. Our own research study with 270 children from low-income families (ages 10-15 years), similarly found that children who experience more ACEs also tend to have poorer social emotional competence, such as having poorer self-awareness and poorer relationship management (refer to Issue 8 of Research Bites for more details). As such, having an awareness and understanding of trauma, and what we can do to contribute to lowering the prevalence of ACEs and their associated mental health issues in our communities is important.

Dealing with trauma is an unspoken part of an educator’s work. Students who present themselves as difficult, rebellious, anxious, fearful, or aggressive often have unseen trauma that educators have to deal with. For parents, as children learn and grow, they may also experience stress. However, when there is a prolonged stress from an event or multiple events, and the child is unable to manage it, it can lead to toxic stress.

Our Line-Up

Trauma-informed care talk 

Length: 60 mins | 50 pax onwards

A teaser for our other workshops, this introductory talk explores what a shared understanding of trauma entails, its prevalence in Singapore, and how trauma can be caused by an event like the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants also learn how to identify trauma in children and youths. This programme is suitable for large groups, including assembly talks and “lunch and learns”.

Sign up for the upcoming trauma-informed care talk on 31 August 2021 from 12pm to 1pm at

Trauma-informed care workshop

Length: 240 mins | 15 – 30 pax

Our interactive programmes have been designed for educators and parents in mind. Learn how to integrate trauma-informed care into your interactions with children and youths, as we help you understand:

  • What trauma entails
  • Trauma-informed approaches
  • Implementation of trauma-informed care
  • Healing and recovery

For parents, you can sign up for the upcoming trauma-informed care workshop on 24 November 2021 from 9am to 1pm at

For educators and social service professionals, you can sign up for the upcoming workshop on 6 December 2021, 9am to 1pm at