Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) is becoming 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.

The longitudinal study also identified the cyclical nature of ACE. People who had experienced ACE in their childhood often ended up raising their children in a similar environment. Thus, trauma can become intergenerational.

As professionals, we can reduce the impact of these traumatic events by developing a trauma-informed approach. We need a paradigm shift from “What is wrong with them?” to “What have they lived through, and how has this shaped their development?”

Learning Outcomes: 

1. To identify the proportion of people in the United Kingdom affected by ACE.

2. To identify what Adverse Childhood Experiences 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.

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate. This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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