Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Taking a Trauma-informed Approach to Improving Outcomes

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This webinar will equip mental health practitioners, senior mental health leads, DSLs, learning mentors and teachers with the knowledge and skills to support and improve outcomes for pupils who have experienced ACEs.

The DfE's Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) statutory guidance underlines the importance of staff understanding how adverse experiences can impact pupils' mental health, behaviour and education.

Research indicates that ACEs can lead to poorer mental and physical health outcomes which are carried over into adulthood. Effective support can, however, steer pupils towards better outcomes, and at the same time address social inequality and the education gap.

In this webinar, Anna Bateman, subject matter expert on mental health and wellbeing and advisor to the DfE, provides an understanding of ACEs. She identifies types of ACE, explains their potential and cumulative impact on pupils' lives and offers a practical, research-led approach to improving outcomes.

Please see the links to the supporting documents below:

Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE Guidance, 2020

£8m programme to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing, DfE Press Release, 2020

Trauma, challenging behaviour and restrictive interventions in schools, Centre for Mental Health, Briefing 54

Mental health and behaviour in schools, DfE

Childhood abuse, household dysfunction, and the risk of attempted suicide throughout the life span: findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, Dube et al, 2001

Adverse Childhood Experiences and their impact on health-harming behaviours in the Welsh adult population, Public Health Wales$FILE/ACE%20Report%20FINAL%20(E).pdf

ACE-Aware Scotland

Childhood Trauma and the Brain, UK Trauma Council

The Repair of Early Trauma: A Bottom Up Approach, Video from Beacon House

UK Trauma Council, Anna Freud Centre

Childhood trauma by paediatrician Nadine Burke Harris, TED Video Talk

Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Early Trauma Online Learning, Free funded by Home Office Early Intervention Fund

Adverse childhood experiences: What we know, what we don't know, and what should happen next, Early Intervention Foundation Report


Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk

Stories of Resilience with Ruth McKay, Headteacher, Portobello High School

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding what ACEs are and recognising the impact of ACEs on pupils' mental health, behaviour and education in the short and longer term.

  • Recognising the duties placed on school staff in preventing impairment of children’s mental health and meeting statutory safeguarding requirements.

  • Identifying different types of ACEs and how to overcomes the challenges that each of them bring.

  • Recognising the impact of intervention in improving the outcomes of pupils who have been subjected to ACEs.

  • Acquiring the skills to provide an effective, early intervention and reducing the accumulative effect of traumatic experiences.

Anna Bateman

About The Expert

Anna Bateman

Subject matter expert on mental health & wellbeing, who works in an advisory role for the DfE.

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