Adverse Childhood Experiences

NEW - 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

Screening of Resilience for PINS members

1pm – 3pm Wednesday 6th June, Edinburgh.

NHS Health Scotland invites PINS members to a screening of the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This award-winning documentary investigates the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the detrimental impact that toxic stress can have on health in childhood and beyond. Screening of the film will be followed by a presentation by Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on ACEs and Learning. Please book your place HERE

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) animation

This short animation to contribute to raising awareness about the impact of childhood adversity. 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

The Resilience Summit

Free online series March 19th – 23rd with world experts on the science of wellbeing and practical ways to develop resilience. 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

ACEs Scotland Forum

This forum brings together practitioners from many backgrounds to explore good practice and how we work together with our growing understanding of the impact of ACEs. 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

New visitor centre at Glenochil Prison

An estimated 20,000 children are affected by parental imprisonment. The new centre at Glenochil will provide a welcoming space out with prison security. 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

The elephant in the (class)room

“As an adult, the classroom seems safe. There isn’t an obvious or logical connection to continuing fears, in our safe context.  It seems contradictory. What I forget is that the pain and fear are not in the environment. The pain and fear are hidden inside the child” More HERE

Tackling the attainment gap by preventing and responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences

The role of universal education in enabling all children to flourish and achieve their full potential can be affected by the extent to which children come to school ready to learn in a classroom. Downoad the pdf docement HERE

Using an Adverse Childhood Experiences tracker to inform targeted support in school

Drawing on the experiences considered in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) research, this resource has been developed to provide evidence and intelligence for schools with high levels of deprivation. More HERE