Safeguarding: Adverse childhood experiences

Last week, I watched a documentary on the BBC about the former TOWIE cast member Joey Essex, whose Mum took her own life when he was just ten years old. The documentary allowed us to see a very different side to Joey and just how much this situation continues to affect him, 20 years later.

If you haven’t watched it already, I would highly recommend it:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09hy0vh/joey-essex-grief-and-me

It reminded me of a short film I had watched whilst working in education about ACEs – adverse childhood experiences. Some people may find this difficult to watch or listen to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHgLYI9KZ-A

The film was produced for Public Health Wales. They explain “Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing up, such as suffering child maltreatment or living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance misuse or mental illness. This short animated film has been developed to raise awareness of ACEs, their potential to damage health across the life course and the roles that different agencies can play in preventing ACEs and supporting those affected by them.”

The Young Minds charity has created a useful poster to explain more about ACEs which you can view here.

  • What is adversity?
  • What kinds of experiences are adverse?
  • How common are ACEs?
  • How does it impact the lives of young people?
  • What protects young people from ACEs?
  • What can we do about it?