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Passionate about improving learning, mental health and quality of life for children and young people

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TISUK is a community interest company, passionate about changing children's lives through inspirational training for schools and communities, ensuring mentally healthy cultures for all.
And so many delegates tell us that the training has changed their lives too! Their relationships at home, with their own children and at work are transformed.
practitioner training

Practitioner Training

11 day and 13 days (University route) over two terms

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senior lead training

Senior Leads Training

2 days to ensure your school is trauma and mental health informed

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school training

Whole School Inductions

Half or whole day to ensure whole school approach to mentally healthy school status

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Laura - Graduate Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health  Informed Schools and Communities

Esther - Graduate Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities.

Co-Director of an organisation providing emotional support and housing for very vulnerable young people.

Jeff Dawson - Graduate Diploma in Counselling Teenagers



  • TISUK is a registered community interest company (social work) working in association with the Centre for Child Mental Health: President Sir Richard Bowlby.
  • Over 5000 schools, college, early years settings and community settings, have received training from TISUK including: Whole school training, Senior Leads Training, Diploma (Trauma Informed Practitioner training), e-learning e.g. Supporting the Return to School, Working with Trauma in Early Years Settings, Whole School Cultural Shift to a Trauma Informed Culture, Working with Vulnerable Teenagers in Schools.
  • TISUK has delivered return to school training in the Covid 19 crisis to over 20,000 staff in school and community organisations across the UK and Ireland, including members of the National Education Union.
  • TISUK has delivered training at whole school and Diploma level in all of the 22 local authorities across Wales. (bilingual materials and Welsh language trainers).
  • Recognition by government bodies and academic institutions

  • TISUK is an approved provider for DfE funded Senior Mental Health Lead Training. TISUK’s training is highlighted in the DfE Advice to Schools: Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools DfE-00327-2018 as supporting and promoting positive mental health.
  • TISUK is currently undertaking randomised controlled trail co-funded by the Home Office and the Youth Endowment Fund researching trauma informed practice and its impact on youth violence. 100 schools across England are taking part in the project running from October 2023 – March 2025. The evaluation will consider the impact of Trauma Informed Practice on young people’s behaviour and wellbeing. YEF will then use this knowledge to scale up effective programmes, spread good practice and guide decision makers on which services or approaches are most likely to keep children and young people safe.
  • TISUK has a University of East London validated course entitled Certificate in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities (Level 5) and Diploma course entitled Trauma and Mental Health in Schools and Communities (Practitioner status).
  • Sheffield Hallam University includes a compulsory module of TISUK’s training in every level and age phase of their initial teaching education. (Over 1000 trainee teachers have received the training). Professor Mark Boylan (Sheffield Hallam University) is presently working in partnership with TISUK to standardise and publish their key assessment tools.
  • National work: schools, families, health communities, youth justice

  • TISUK offer trainings for community based workers and foster carers in trauma informed practice and therapeutic skills.
  • TISUK offer advanced training in those who work with vulnerable parents and families.
  • TISUK has delivered webinar-based training to schools, early years providers, health and community settings across the UK, including county/borough wide subscriptions in Cornwall, Lambeth, South Yorkshire and across Wales.
  • TISUK has delivered webinar training on Trauma in the Early years: Prevention and Intervention, to over 1500 Early years settings across South Yorkshire and 100 in Lambeth.
  • TISUK have worked with education teams in two Youth Offending Institutions to embed a trauma informed approach within each department, with the aim to also train the wider prison staff.
  • TISUK offer support for schools and settings in times of crisis. For example, offering support to students, staff and parents after the tragedy of suicide.
  • TISUK deliver training to CAMHS based practitioners in North Wales and beyond.
  • Evidence base and results

  • TISUK trainings are informed by and adapted from the key components of whole school cultural change as set out by the Evidence-Based Practice Unit, Manchester University/ Anna Freud Centre, (Demkowicz and Humphreys 2019). These components comprise of mental health approaches to teaching and learning; pupil/ student voice; staff and senior lead development; health and wellbeing; online assessment tool to ascertain mental health needs and provide a measurable evidence-base of impact; training key members of staff to support vulnerable children through therapeutic conversations; working with parents to support mentally healthy cultures at home.
  • As a result of our trainings, which were created in response to the major cutbacks in CAMHS, we have been thrilled to see so many schools willingly pick up the mental health baton, resulting in fewer exclusions, a reduction in staff stress-related illness and an increase in pupil attendance, attainment and in staff retention. We therefore fully endorse the 2017 Government Green Paper on Children’s Mental Health Provision in stating that, ‘There is evidence that appropriately trained and supported staff... teachers... teaching assistants can achieve results comparable to those achieved by trained therapists in delivering a number of interventions addressing mild to moderate mental health problems.’ That said, our trained staff recognise limits of competence and know when to refer on and to whom.
  • TISUK’s trainings are run by experts in both child psychology and in education. All the practical evidencebased interventions are informed by over 1000 peer reviewed research studies from medicine, psychology, neuroscience, education and forensic psychiatry.
  • TISUK has an extensive group of eminent consultants and advisors. Several of these have lived experience, and provide expert advice on how schools and communities can work to prevent gang membership, violence, homelessness, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction.
  • TISUK has an awards scheme for those schools who wish to be formally assessed for mentally healthy and trauma informed school status.
  • For the equivalent of just one Pupil Premium Plus grant, TISUK can provide a menu of training options (e.g. Whole school/Senior Leads training/Practitioner Diploma) to support a whole school understanding of mental health informed practices, all designed to benefit everyone in your school (staff and pupils), and directly attributable to the PP+ allocation/spend. Interventions are all practically based, time preserving and cost effective.
  • International work

  • TISUK has delivered introductory Trauma Informed Schools training across West Africa, to school counsellors based in international schools.
  • TTISUK has supported and delivered trauma informed training to Domus Solis & Gravitas Schola who evacuated a whole school community of 300 children, teachers and families from Kharkiv, Ukraine to Vilinus, Lithuania. The school has since been joined by a further 150 children from across Ukraine.
  • TISUK has worked in association with the Trauma Release and Wellness Centre, to deliver whole staff and senior lead training to schools in Pakistan.
  • Delivered Diploma training for members of the Classic Health Initiatives Uganda team and will continue to provide fully funded places for further team members.

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