The Alliance has funded two ‘ACE Coordinators’ to work across Sandwell and Dudley, working to support local partners in embedding the learning from ACEs into effective practice.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are an increasing international concern. There is a growing body of evidence that our experiences during childhood can affect health throughout the life course. Children who experience stressful or poor quality childhoods are more likely to display health-harming behaviours during adolescence which can themselves lead to mental health illnesses and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes later in life. Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a concern for health. Experiencing ACEs means individuals are more likely to perform poorly in school, more likely to be involved in crime and ultimately less likely to be a productive member of society.

This project seeks to galvanise a response across Sandwell and Dudley that ensures the learning from ACEs is embedded across organisations, at a strategic  level and in day to day practice at the front line. Being trauma informed and prioritising work which is preventative for the risk factors associated with ACEs are key starting points for the work which aims to develop ACE awareness into ACE informed services & practice.

For more information, you can contact the Coordinators, Ben and Rosie.

Want more info on ACEs?

Public Health Wales has published a range of research reports into ACEs.

Watch Nadine Burke Harris, California’s Surgeon General, talk about the impacts of childhood trauma


Watch James Docherty speaking at the ACE Aware Scotland conference in 2018