Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) refer to traumatic events or circumstances which happen in childhood which can lead to poorer outcomes across the life course. ACEs include child maltreatment (physical and emotional abuse and neglect) and wider experiences of household dysfunction (domestic violence, parental separation, substance misuse, mental illness or parental incarceration). These experiences can result in poorer physical and mental wellbeing, educational outcomes, relationships with others and economic prosperity. They can also increase the likelihood of coming into contact with the criminal justice system.
Understanding ACEs and the impact they can have on the life of a young person is essential in delivering the right support & interventions.
This paper (report source: https://gov.wales/review-adverse-childhood-experiences-ace-policy-report-html ) looks at the Welsh Government’s approach and insights from their ACEs policy review, click below to download the full report.