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:
Growing up in a household where:
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.