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Initiative to promote ACE awareness launched for police and youth justice agencies in Wales.

A new scheme has been launched in Wales to provide early help to children and young people who are at risk of offending. The initiative will use intelligence on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) to better support policing and criminal justice agencies.

The Early Action Together (EAT) ACE’s learning network is being supported with £6.87m Home Office funding and aims to improve how police respond to child & vulnerable adult criminal activity with the objective of diverting people away from crime through earlier provision of help and interventions.

The new approach has been developed after wide consultation and the intention is for evidence-based and best practice findings from the programme to be shared to demonstrate the impact of changes police forces in Wales are making. The expectation is that lessons learned can then be scaled across similar services in England.

Janine Roderick, programme director for public health and policing at Public Health Wales, said "Understanding ACE's and resilience as the risk and protective factors for much of what police deal with is an important step in breaking cycles of crime and adversity.

The Early Action Together ACE's learning network will provide up-to-date resources and online collaborative services for police, criminal justice and their partners to develop their knowledge and inform taking a public health approach through an ACE lens.’