The Early Intervention Foundation has released a new report examining the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) evidence base in terms of its quality and the conclusions which have followed and the strength of evidence underpinning common responses to ACEs, including routine ACE screening and trauma-informed care.
The report, ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences What we know, what we don’t know, and what should happen next’ sets out the following three keys findings and recommendations:
1) Research into adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) has generated a powerful and accessible narrative which has helpfully increased awareness of the lifetime impact of early adversity on children’s outcomes.
2) The current popularity of the ACE narrative should not lead us to ignore the limitations in the current evidence base or be allowed to create the illusion that there are quick fixes to prevent adversity or to help people overcome it.
3) The current enthusiasm for tackling ACEs should be channelled into creating comprehensive public health approaches in local communities, built on the evidence of what works to improve outcomes for children.
It also lays out what the EIF considers a good public health approach should be.
Wendy Weal, Director of Interface, said ‘It is great to see this in depth and insightful report on ACE’s. Interface has noticed significantly greater interest amongst our client base over recent months in learning more about ACE’s and Trauma Informed Practice. We have responded to this through the introduction of a suite of new training courses which are already having a meaningful and positive impact on frontline practitioners”.
Read the full report here