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Who is our training for?

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Training.

Adverse Childhood Experiences  are events which happen in childhood which are traumatic .

Studies and research spanning over twenty years have shown that the more of these ACEs a child endures, the greater the risk of having physical and mental health problems later in life.

Society also pays a high price with an increase in crime, homelessness drug amd alcohol addictions etc.

If the key adults around the children with challenging childhoods are trained in ACEs and trauma,  the neurological damage of abuse and trauma can be reversed.

A child's brain develops according to the environment it exist in.

For some children, that environment is steeped in danger. When this is the case, the brain becomes hyper-sensitive to the threat of danger and responds through the fight flight or freeze response.

This can lead to behaviour patterns forming which can present as the child being defiant, disruptive, ill-mannered, uncontrollable, and often violent. 

What is actually happening is the child is in emotional crisis and is fighting to stay alive - in anyway they can.

Having key adults with the knowledge of how to recognise when this is happening, but more importantly how to work with a child in crisis and repair the brain can prevent life-long physical, emotional, mental, economic and social difficulties.


Trauma-informed staff have a huge impact on the child and other pupils it can increase school attainment, improve behaviour whilst reducing teacher workload and stress

Our training days are designed for all adults who work with children.

We have worked with schools, colleges, foster carers, council staff, police, residential care home staff, youth workers, mentors, sports coaches, adoptive parents.

 It is beneficial to all adults who work with vulnerable or damaged children.

It can take place in your place of work or we can host it in a venue close to you, or you can enrol on our one-day online training.

The training is designed to educate, provoke thought, challenge existing beliefs, inspire, and initiate change. Most of all it is designed to help children who are in need of the correct support from the right people.


The Long Term Impact of Unaddressed ACES

In the short term, ACEs affect how children react and behave.


Their ability to think rationally is impaired as a result of the limbic area of the brain being overactive, this effects Executive Function which are responsible for tasks such as memory, problem solving, organising.


Trauma impacts on educational attainment too,  this can have a life-long impact on security and economic success.

 It also makes building and retaining friendships and relationships with key adults and other children difficultor impossible. 

The long term impact can be devastating.

The higher the prevalence of ACEs the more potentially damaging the impact - 

  • Cancers rose from 8.9% to 30.58% when four or more ACEs were declared.

  • Individuals who had experienced four or more ACEs were 15 times more likely to have perpetrated violence in the last year and 20 times more likely to be incarcerated at some point in their lifetime.

  • For people who suffer seven or more ACEs the attempted suicide rate rises from 1.1%  to 23%.


The ACE Score

The term 'Adverse Childhood Experiences' is credited to Dr Vincent Filletti who carried out a study of over 17,000 people in the 1980's.  His study was the first to identify the relation between difficult childhoods and problems throughout a lifetime. The original ten ACEs were:

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Physical Abuse

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Neglect

  • Parental Separation

  • Parental Mental ill-Health 

  • Parental Drug Use

  • Parental Alcohol Abuse

  • Parent in Prison

  • Domestic Violence

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Numerous global reports have concluded that Adverse Childhood Experiences impact on many areas of childhood and adult life. Here are just some areas in which they impact directly on the person experiencing ACEs as a child. There is also a huge cost to society in NHS costs, social services, police and justice resources, housing, cost to the economy etc.

  • Depression, and other mental health problems

  • Self-harm and suicide attempts

  • Cognitive Development

  • Sleep Disruption

  • Asthma

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse

  • Lower Mental Well-being

  • Obesity

  • Diebeties

  • Increases Criminality and Imprisonment

  • Perpetrator and victim of violence

  • Lower life Aspirations and Lower Life Satisfaction

  • Heart Disease

  • Strokes

  • Cancers

  • Economics Success

  • Educational Success

  • Homelessness

  • Sexual Promiscuity

  • Social  and Relational Problems

  • Early Death (by upto 20 years)

Levelling the playing field

There is no question that investing in our vulnerable children now will help shape society for the future generations.

If we want to improve physical health, reduce mental illness, lower suicides attempts , improve economic success through educational attainment, see crime rates drop, help end homlessness, tackle drug and alcohol addictions, lower prison numbers, increase employment, combat domestic violence and see a thriving generation who can support themselves and their families without being reliant on the support of state services such as Social Services and the NHS.

Then we have to give the children who suffer abuse and ACES a fighting chance, we have to level the playing field.

Contact us to find out how you can play your part.

Contact us for your free quote

ACE Training

17 Hornsea Drive

West Yorkshire

BD15 0LU

email on - info@adversechildhoodexperiences.org.uk

Call on - 07966 198025

Twitter  - @UK_ACES