The Health and Social Care Sector jointly hosted a Regional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in November 2017 that set a platform for the regional roll out of the ACE agenda across Northern Ireland.
An Adverse Childhood Experience can be defined as:
|An increasing body of international research identifies the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood.Such stress arises when children are routinely exposed to issues such as domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes. Collectively, such childhood stressors are called ACEs (Adverse childhood Experiences) and the research shows that exposure to ACEs is associated with poorer outcomes for children including in educational attainment, employment, involvement in crime, family breakdown, and a range of health and wellbeing measures.|
During the closing remarks of the Regional ACE Conference, Sean Holland, Department of Health announced that £1.5 million will be invested through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme that will be led through the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.
Since the conference a Regional ACE Reference Group has been established to support continued momentum and integration of the ACE agenda in Northern Ireland and support the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) ACE Workstream Projects.
For further information about the Regional ACE Reference Group please contact Stephanie Thompson, CYPSP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Regional ACE Reference Group Terms of Reference, April 2018
- Regional ACE Conference Video Recording, November 2017
- Tackling Childhood Adversity in Northern Ireland – Regional ACE Conference Press Release, November 2017
- Regional ACE Conference Full Evaluation Report, November 2017
- Regional ACE Conference Report Card, November 2017