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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up.

There is now recognition of the wider impact of trauma and adversity and the long lasting outcomes it can have on children.

The Salford Way will support us to become more aware of trauma and understand how we can support resilience across our city.

What are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)?

The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up.

ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up, they are: 

  • physical abuse / neglect
  • sexual abuse / neglect
  • emotional abuse / neglect
  • exposure to domestic abuse
  • having a close family member who misused drugs or alcohol
  • having a close family member with mental health problems
  • having a close family member who served time in prison
  • parental loss through divorce, death or abandonment

In Salford we are working to become more aware of trauma and understand how we can support resilience across our city.

ACEs explained: the following short animation shows the impact ACEs can have on a child’s brain, body and behaviour. 

Duration: 6 minutes

Sowing Seeds: Trauma informed practice for anyone working with children and young people

This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland and is relevant to anyone working with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.

Duration:11 minutes

This page was last updated on 12 April 2021

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