The BBC is reporting that Queen’s University has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds towards a project researching into PTSD to help children who may suffer from it.
The grant will enable 10 social workers to be trained to help children with PTSD as a result of abuse and neglect. Children identified by family support services as maltreated will benefit.
Effects of a specific therapy called trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy on children aged 10 to 18 will be assessed as part of the scheme.
It will also examine how cost-effective it is to screen abused children for PTSD.
Dr John Devaney from the Belfast university, who is an expert in child safeguarding, will lead the study.
“There is clear evidence that children who have been abused or neglected go on to experience problems including PTSD, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and aggressive behaviour,” he said.
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