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What are ACE's?

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years). For example:

  • experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect
  • witnessing violence in the home or community
  • having a family member attempt or die by suicide

Also included are aspects of the child's environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with:

  • substance misuse
  • mental health problems
  • instability due to parental separation or household members being in jail or prison

ACEs are linked to chronic health problems, mental illness, and substance misuse in adulthood. ACEs can also negatively impact education and job opportunities.

The good news is that the effects of, ACEs can be prevented!

Creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children and families can prevent ACEs and help all children reach their full potential.

Three Realms model of ACE's

ACES references

Brown, D.W., Anda, R.F., Tiemeier, H., Felitti, V.J., Edwards, V.J., Croft, J.B., and Giles, W.H. (2009) Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Risk of Premature Mortality. Am J Prev Med 37, 389-396.
Dube, SR, Felitti, VJ, Dong, M, Giles, WH & Anda, RF. (2003) 'The impact of adverse childhood experiences on health problems: evidence from four birth cohorts dating back to 1900', Preventive medicine 37 3, pp.268-77.)