This report follows the EIF's comprehensive review of the adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) evidence entitled Adverse childhood experiences : What we know, what we don’t know and what should happen next first published in February 2020.
The review observed that while ACEs pose a clear threat to children’s wellbeing at all points of their development, many popular claims about ACEs are not supported by the best evidence, and many ACE-related practices have yet to be rigorously evaluated. The report concluded with a set of nine recommendations about how the ACEs evidence could be improved and outlined what an evidence-informed public health response to ACEs might be. The report concluded more work was needed to understand how its key messages were perceived and if they were influencing their work with families and children.
As a follow up EIF commissioned a consensus-building exercise to better understand views about the research evidence, and how they think it might best be taken forward to improve policy and practice.
The follow-up report Adverse Childhood Experiences: Building consensus on what should happen next, can be found here