Adverse Childhood Experiences

NEW - #KeepingKidsSafeC19 

Keep our eyes and ears open for children at risk. More HERE

Children in conflict with the law

The report ‘Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law’ outlines the changes that the youth justice system must make if Scotland is to uphold its commitment to the UNCRC. Download the pdf doc HERE

Dogs in the classroom

Hannah Fell is a classroom practitioner working in Fife to support learners who have experienced trauma and evidence distressed behaviours in the classroom. But can therapy pets support the development of self-regulation? More HERE   

Supervision in Education – Healthier Schools for All

Barnardo’s Scotland report  on the use of Professional or Reflective Supervision in Education. Download the pdf doc HERE

The Triune Brain

Explained by kids. More HERE

Trauma informed practice

Understand the impact of trauma and know how to adapt how you work. More HERE

Asking for and finding help

Many children who are worried are not telling anyone. Download the pdf doc HERE

Harmful sexual behaviour by children and young people: Expert Group report

This report sets out proposals to improve prevention and early intervention in response to harmful sexual behaviour involving children and young people. More HERE

Leveraging the best available evidence to prevent ACEs

New research and analysis from the US on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Download the pdf doc HERE


Resources for parents of children who have experienced trauma More HERE

Learning empathy

In Denmark learning about empathy is part of the curriculum. More HERE

#ShiftthePower Scotland Comic Relief Programme

Small grant programme addresses early years development, gender and mental health. Download the pdf document HERE

Play, mental health and wellbeing

Through play children develop resilience and flexibility, contributing to physical and emotional wellbeing. More HERE

ACEs in context

Some principles are proposed that inform how we can understand and use ACEs research and questions. Doenload the pdf doc HERE

The Practice of Kindness

Relationships have a powerful impact on our wellbeing. Embedding kindness as a value in North Ayrshire. More HERE

ACES: a social justice perspective

Social justice is about making sure everyone in society is taken care of and included – but does the ACE’s agenda contribute anything? Gary Walsh  explores. More HERE

Trauma Informed Practice

Animation on the impact of trauma and how to make a difference. More HERE

Building empathy in our anti-bullying work

The next stage of the #ChooseRespect anti-bullying campaign from respectme is focused around the theme of #BuildingEmpathy. More HERE

Children and young people exposed prenatally to alcohol

In Scotland, alcohol consumption in women of childbearing age is common and is recognised as a significant public health issue. National clinical guidance has been published. Download the pdf doc HERE

Childhood trauma can affect someone’s whole life

Lucy Mulvagh wants to involve everyone in the conversation to make Scotland the world’s first ACE-aware nation. More HERE

Apart of me app helps young people cope with the death of a loved one

Based on psychological research, the app provides a safe virtual space featuring games and quests that teach self-care strategies and help reduce their sense of isolation. More HERE

Nurture, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma Informed Practice: Making the Links

Each of these approaches are explained and commonalities, differences and relevance to educational practice are explored. More HERE

Understanding childhood adversity, resilience and crime

Although building resilience should be done at the earliest opportunity, it is never too late to support people affected by childhood adversity. We need to test out approaches and build our evidence about ‘what works’ in relation to a trauma-informed justice system. More HERE

Scottish Government ACEs team

With a committed to preventing ACEs and helping to reduce the negative impacts of ACEs where they occur the Scottish Government ACEs and Resilience team has produced an ACEs factsheet. More HERE

Childhood Fears

As children grow they have different worries and fears. There are common childhood fears that tend to coincide with different stages of development. More HERE

Homelessness, children and families

Latest statistics show 3,426 households with children or with a pregnant household member in temporary accommodation: one third of households in temporary accommodation. More HERE

Why I must speak out about growing up poor

Novelist Kerry Hudson kept the details of a childhood spent in poverty hidden until now. More HERE

Supporting “the most frustrating kids”

“On my best day as a teacher I will say I care about every child, the whole child, and am committed to their growth. ….and then there are those bad days”. More HERE

Impact of trauma

The infographic presents ways childhood trauma can leave its mark. More HERE

How to stop shouting at your students

Kicking the yelling habit will be more likely if you have a good basic understanding of why it’s an ineffective way to solve classroom discipline problems. More HERE

Caring for children who have experienced, neglect, abuse and multiple losses.

Attachment therapist Dr. Dan Hughes offers these 24 approaches. Download pdf doc HERE

The value of continuous trusted adult support in childhood

Adverse childhood experiences negatively impact mental and physical health across the life-course. Such impacts may be substantively mitigated by always having support from an adult you trust in childhood. More HERE


How much of who we are is biology? How much is learned? What can we change? A series of TED talks explores issues around behaviour, trauma and personalities. More HERE

Child poverty 'beginning to look like a state of emergency'

Buttle UK warns that more children are living in poverty now than at any other time in the past 10 years. More HERE

School survivors animation

What does school feel like for the child or young person living with trauma pain? This video is a collation of some of their voices. Made by parents of traumatised children. More HERE

Survival in school

Free handouts from Inner World Works to help learners and teachers understand what survival states look like in the school environment and what they can do to help. More HERE

What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?

ACEs refer to stressful events occurring in childhood between 0 to 18 years. Trauma can lead to reduced educational attainment, mental and physical health problems and difficulties in adult relationships. The report ‘Polishing the Diamonds: Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences in Scotland’ provides an overview. More HERE

The Life Chances of Young People in Scotland

A report from Naomi Eisenstadt, Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality, stresses that wellbeing and mental health must be a focus when we address poverty and inequality. More HERE