Empowerment

An essential part of trauma informed care is to transfer the power balance towards those receiving care. People will be given the power needed to meet their own needs, including having their support and environment adapted to enable this.

Components

Patrons of this Concordat are committed to embedding these key components that constitute a way to help empower individuals:

Component 1

We acknowledge and reflect on power imbalances between those receiving care and those providing care, with a high focus on shifting the balance towards those that receive care and support.

Component 2

We will embrace diversity and recognise that the experience of trauma is unique to each individual.

Component 3

We will maximise the opportunities available to enable supported individuals to exercise choice and control over their lives and to have the power required to meet their needs.

Component 4

We recognise that assessing and managing risk (including positive risk taking) must be a collaborative process involving the individual and those involved in their care and support.

Component 5

We will ensure that supported individuals are empowered to be self-advocates or that there are adequate measures in place to ensure the person’s voice and opinions are heard.

Component 6

We will ensure that staff teams are empowered and are active in the decision-making processes within their organisations.