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Adverse Childhood Experiences & Trauma Informed Approaches

What are ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic experiences that can have a huge impact on children and young people throughout their lives.

The ten widely recognised ACEs, as identified in a US study from the 1990s, are:


  • physical
  • sexual
  • verbal


  • emotional
  • physical

Growing up in a household where:

  • there are adults with alcohol and drug use problems
  • there are adults with mental health problems
  • there is domestic violence
  • there are adults who have spent time in prison
  • parents have separated

As well as these 10 ACEs there are a range of other types of childhood adversity that can have similar negative long term effects. These include bereavement, bullying, poverty and community adversities such as living in a deprived area, neighbourhood violence etc.

We are committed to addressing all types of childhood adversity, and this is anchored in our long-standing, national approach of Getting it right for every child.



Opening Doors: Trauma Informed Practice for the Workforce from NES on Vimeo.


Useful links:

National trauma training

Strand 7 a trauma informed workforce


Download the full guide here