Adverse Childhood Experiences
Date & Time:
Group Level 2 (regular contact with children, young people and/or parent/carer) or Level 3 (predominately working with children) or above (including strategic leads) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. NHS Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 and above for health professionals.
1. To identify the proportion of people in the United Kingdom affected by ACE.
2. To identify what ACE are and how they are formed.
3. To discover how we can facilitate the right therapeutic relationship.
4. Gain support strategies to help support children and young people with ACE challenges.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is a contemporary concern for social care and health organisations internationally. There is a growing amount of evidence showing that the experiences we receive during childhood can significantly affect us through the course of our lives. A groundbreaking study carried out in California in the mid-90s identified that children who experience a stressful and miserable childhood are more likely to develop self-defeating behaviours in adulthood. In a follow-up study, they identified that Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a health concern, but that children who are currently experiencing ACE are more likely to perform poorly in education, become involved in antisocial behaviour and partake in substance abuse.
This course also explores the cyclical nature of ACE and how trauma can become intergenerational. As professionals, we can reduce the impact of these traumatic events by developing a trauma-informed approach where we move from asking “What is wrong with them?” towards “What have they lived through, and how has this shaped their development?”