Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
The ACE framework shows how trauma and adversity can affect childhood development. Research consistently shows that a set of 10 adverse experiences in childhood are associated with an increased risk of poor health and other problems in later life.
When children are exposed to adverse and stressful experiences, it can have a long lasting impact on their ability to think, interact with others and on their learning.
We all have a part to play in preventing adversity and raising awareness of ACEs. Resilient communities have an important role in action on ACEs. Early Help is a way of working across agencies and services that supports families, children and young people to overcome difficulties and build their resilience so that problems do not escalate and they are able to thrive, live and engage happily in their communities.