Identifying and responding to the trauma of maltreated children

  • Devaney, John (Principal Investigator)
  • Duffy, Michael (Principal Investigator)
  • Wals, Colm (Researcher)
  • Best, Paul (Co-investigator)
  • Bunting, Lisa (Co-investigator)
  • Davidson, Gavin (Co-investigator)
  • French, Declan (Co-investigator)

Project Details


This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of screening for and treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for children who have suffered child maltreatment, through:
- developing and piloting a process for training front line workers within a large NGO how to screen for the symptoms of PTSD in all maltreated children initially referred for specialist family support to a specific family support service
- evaluating the comprehensiveness and accuracy of the screening for PTSD by front line workers
- conducting a pragmatic randomised control trial (RCT) to test the effectiveness of Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) in addressing the symptoms of PTSD in both the short and long term for maltreated children identified through the universal screening process, as compared to care as usual
- conducting a parallel process evaluation to better understand how children’s needs are more accurately assessed in relation to the impact of maltreatment, and the acceptability, retention and recruitment of children to a TF-CBT programme of intervention
- undertaking an economic appraisal to determine the cost effectiveness of PTSD screening and TF-CBT as an intervention for maltreated children
Effective start/end date1/03/1731/08/19


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