Childhood Trauma and the Brain | UK Trauma Council

A general introduction to what happens in the brain after children face traumatic experiences in childhood, like abuse and neglect.

This animation was developed by Professor Eamon McCrory and is a part of the Childhood Trauma and the Brain resource. Learn more about the science and how to apply it to practice on the UK Trauma Council website:

Eamon McCrory is Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL, Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit and Co-Director of the UK Trauma Council. He is also Director of Education and Training at the Anna Freud Centre in London. His research uses brain imaging and psychological approaches to investigate the impact of childhood maltreatment on emotional development and mental health. The long-term aim of his work is to understand how and why mental health problems can unfold following early adversity, and how we might intervene to promote more resilient outcomes for children.

About the UK Trauma Council:
The UK Trauma Council (UKTC) is a group of leading experts, drawn from a variety of disciples across all four nations of the United Kingdom (UK). We are the first UK-wide platform bringing together expertise in research, practice, policy and lived experience in the field of childhood trauma. The UK Trauma Council is hosted and supported by the Anna Freud Centre.

Creating a world that nurtures and protects children and young people following trauma

This video was generously funded by the Economic Social Research Council.