Project information

CHUMS Children's Trauma Service

The CHUMS Trauma Service works therapeutically with traumatised children and teenagers in Bedfordshire. Very distressed children and young people are able to access a highly specialised and high quality service very quickly, to avert any mental health deterioration.

April 2016 - March 2017

Charity information

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  • Need


    The Trauma Service offers timely and effective help for complex referrals which is not available on the NHS. It acts quickly to avert deterioration of a young person's mental health. Unresolved grief issues can cause not only anxiety and depression but can also lead to self-harming, eating disorders, drug and alcohol problems and suicidal tendencies. We work with our children and teenagers to understand their grief and build resilience, helping them learn how to cope.


    Approximately 1/3 of children and young people exposed to a potentially traumatic event will go on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Most of these will also develop another diagnosable mental health disorder which can have a substantial impact on various aspects of a young person's quality of life and academic attainment. We provide appropriate interventions using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) to enable the child to bring the traumatic event to mind and "process" it safely.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To have the resources to respond to all the children and teenagers who need our specialist support


    » To provide one on one counselling to support children in a safe environment where they feel comfortable to share their problems with our Psychologist.
    » To provide group workshops where children can meet other children who have been traumatically bereaved so that they feel less isolated

    Success will have gained full funding for this coming year's budget of £108,819, and then expanding the service in subsequent years to be able to support other referrals.

  • Impact


    Our work consistently produces a decrease in the distress and an increase in the functioning of traumatised and traumatically bereaved children and their families.
    The Trauma Service routinely measures outcomes using a range of instruments specifically designed to assess emotional and behavioural problems eg The Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire(SDQ), The Mood and Feelings Questionnaire(MFQ), The Child Post Traumatic Stress Scale(CPSS) and our own questionnaire re our effectiveness.


    The greatest risk to the project is if staff were to leave. We are only able to provide expert support because we have highly skilled and experienced clinicians supporting all the children and young people we see. We have excellent non-clinical staff supporting the clinical team, taking away much of the paperwork so they can focus on the children and families.


    We regularly report to donors who have supported The Trauma Service detailing the type of support given to local children and young people without breaking client confidentiality.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £108,619

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      Amount Heading Description
      £65,949 Salaries Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist 0.8 FTE
      £20,669 Salaries Prinicpal Psychologist 0.4 FTE
      £15,351 Salaries Admin Support 0.6 FTE
      £6,650 Expenses Primarily petrol, office space, leaflets

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    London Luton Airport Ltd £7,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The Trauma Service operates throughout Luton and Bedfordshire but also takes some urgent referrals form out of the area when it has the capacity to respond.


    The NICE guidelines estimate that 1% of the population of children and young people suffer form PTSD at any one time. The Population of Luton and Bedfordshire aged 5-19 is estimated to be 115,440. Therefore it is likely that in excess of 1,000 children and young people are suffering PTSD in this area. We support children from 2 large towns - namely Luton and Bedford which both have significant areas of multiple deprivation.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The current NHS provision via CAMHS ( Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) does not provide a specialist service for traumatised children, and the generic service that it does provide has been cut back substantially so that there is a minimum wait time of 3 months and only a 10% chance of being seen.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mr Russell Hurn

    Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist