What are ACEs?
ACEs are specified traumatic events occurring before the age of 18 years. High or frequent exposure to ACEs, without the support of a trusted adult, can lead to toxic stress.
Public Health Wales has done outstanding work raising awareness of ACEs and this short animation film developed with Darwen Local Authority provides a compelling introduction to the subject.
Facts and stats
There is a large body of evidence which shows that the adversity we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Within a general population anyone can be susceptible to ACEs regardless of ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic status, although the number of ACEs experience tends to increase with lower socioeconomic status.
ACEs are prevalent across the population and recent studies have shown:
- Nearly half of people in England experience at least one ACE, with around 9% experiencing four or more ACEs (Blackburn & Darwen Study)
- Six ACEs can reduce your life expectancy by 20 years
- For every 100 adults in England, 48 have suffered at least one ACE during their childhood and nine suffered four or more
Here at school
Here at Springbank Primary Academy, we are an ambassador school who recognise and support ACEs. ACEs Ambassadors is an informal network of people who are keen to champion ACEs awareness across Gloucestershire, in whatever way they can, whenever they can. Coming from a wide range of organisations, communities and backgrounds, people have become Ambassadors because they are keen to raise awareness and spread a message of hope.
To find out more, please visit: https://www.actionaces.org/
For support, please pop into school and speak to a member of the team or visit: https://www.actionaces.org/sources-of-support/