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Adverse Childhood Experiences resources for Wales, 04/06/2019 [W]

During May this year, Public Health Wales released research on interventions for responding to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). As part of their Early Action Together (EAT) work, they have also launched an information network in combination with the Royal Society for Public Health.

ACEs are stressful or traumatic events that happen in childhood. There are different types of ACEs. They include things like being the victim of physical or sexual abuse and experiencing domestic violence, or experiencing substance misuse. ACEs can lead to a higher risk of negative effects later in life, like being a high-risk drinker or being incarcerated.

Public Health Wales’ research, ‘Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences’, was produced with the Public Health Collaborating Unit at Bangor University. It looks at common approaches to dealing with ACEs.

The report looked at 110 different ways of preventing the harms of ACEs, and found four common approaches. These approaches were supporting parents, building relationships and resilience, early identification of adversity, and responding to trauma and specific ACEs. It also identified seven themes that were found in all four approaches.

EAT is a programme where Public Health Wales and key criminal justice and policing partners in Wales work together to take a public health approach to policing.

Working with the Royal Society for Public Health, EAT has launched an ACEs learning network.

The network has information for the public, professionals and the Police about EAT, and its work on ACEs. It will share useful information and research on ACEs as well as best practice and resources, like the network map. The map lists contact details of professionals working with ACEs in the UK.

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