Regional ACE Reference Group

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.


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For further information about the Regional ACE Reference Group please contact Stephanie Thompson, CYPSP by email at 


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Responding to childhood adversity in South Eastern Outcomes Area - Over 100 representatives from the community, voluntary and statutory sector including Departmental staff attending the recent Partnerships Conference to explore how the South Eastern area are responding to adverse Childhood Experiences. CYPSP Chair Hugh McCaughey (CEO, SEHSCT) spoke from the event Continue reading
Building Resilient Communities in the Western Outcomes Area - Last month the Western Outcomes Group with partners hosted the Building Resilient Communities Conference to create an awareness of ACEs and their impact on childhood, share good practice nationally and locally and explore the mechanisms to create resilient communities in Continue reading
ACE Conference – Changing Lives: Tackling Adversity in Childhood in Northern Ireland - At a recent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in Templepatrick, professionals and practitioners from across Northern Ireland were brought together with leading experts to learn more about the potential negative impact of ACEs on children, young people and adults. Throughout the conference the Continue reading


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