of people have experienced at least one ACE (adverse childhood experience)
of the general population have experienced 4+ ACEs
of the population accessing mental health services have experienced 4+ ACEs
Of all groups in society, care experienced children and young people are probably those most affected by adverse childhood experiences
Significant trauma increases the likelihood of people disengaging from services
A Scottish study found that People with ACE scores of 1-3 each had a 50% chance of living into their sixties without a major health problem
These are just a few of the words that spring to mind when people ask me why I love teaching about Trauma Informed Practice. I get to deliver a powerful message, in a way that helps people to connect with the really important work they carry out in a way that is both meaningful and practical.
When I qualified as a social care worker, I remember the feeling of pure excitement when taking up my first post in a frontline service.