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Handle With Care

Handle With Care (A System Approach to Trauma)

The Educational Service Center (ESC) of Northeast Ohio, Student Wellness Department, has partnered with Ohio Handle With Care (HWC) to bring this trauma-informed, cross-systems initiative to northeast Ohio. HWC (A system approach to trauma) utilizes a collaborative strategy aimed at ensuring that children who are exposed to adverse events receive appropriate interventions and have opportunities to build resilience through positive relationships with teachers and first responders. Handle With Care aims to promote safe and supportive schools, homes, and communities that protect children, and communities that help traumatized children heal and thrive. 

Benefits of HWC:

  • Universal Strategy which benefits all children

  • Provides teachers with the support they need to address trauma’s impact on learning

  • Looks at a child’s behavior from a different perspective

  • Improves relationships, communication, and collaboration between law enforcement, schools/child care agencies, and mental health providers, and connects families, schools, and communities to mental health services.

  • Provides teachers with a heads up so they can provide care instead of a consequence 

  • Connects children with mental health services if needed

  • Training safeguards trauma-informed implementation and responses

  • Builds resiliency!


CLICK HERE to view the Handle With Care Flow Chart.

CLICK HERE to view the Cuyahoga County one-pager.

Handle With Care Districts
Handle With Care Partners

Bay Village
Bay Village Police Department
Cleveland Heights-University Heights*       Lyndhurst Fire Department
Lakewood*    Lyndhurst Police Department
Ohio Highway Patrol
Parma Heights
Ohio Schools Council
Richmond Heights
Parma Fire Department
Shaker Heights
Parma Police Department 
South Euclid-Lyndhurst

Parma Heights Fire Department
Warrensville Heights*

Parma Heights Police Department

Richmond Heights Police Department

Seven Hills Fire Department

Seven Hills Police Department

Shaker Heights Police Department

South Euclid Fire Department

South Euclid Police Department
*Interested and working toward implementation

Westlake Police Department

The ESC of Northeast Ohio Student Wellness Department offers the required training and assistance in the implementation of Handle with Care. Please contact us for a free consultation to determine what current needs exist in your building or district.

Heather Corcoran, JD
Student Wellness Consultant
[email protected]
216-525-2530 (Office)
216-524-3683 (Fax)