Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing up, such as suffering child maltreatment or living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance misuse or mental illness.
Research suggests that at least one in three diagnosed mental health conditions in adulthood are known to directly relate to adverse childhood experiences that have subsequently impacted on their psychological development and wellbeing.
Furthermore, childhood adversity is accompanied by lower levels of mental wellbeing and life satisfaction in adolescence and adulthood. There is an increased risk of enduring mental health problems (including experiencing psychosis) and it may lead to physical health problems such as diabetes, respiratory diseases and cancers, as well as altering the genetic code of children, young people experiencing ACEs.
Subsequently, children who have faced adversity are more likely to use psychiatric medicines that have an additional adverse impact on their physical health in the longer term.
Please help the Liverpool CAMHS Partnership to understand the current perception of Adverse Childhood Experiences across the Children and Young People’s Workforce. This will enable us to develop an informed approach to ensuring ACE and childhood trauma are understood and identified.
We will be publishing the results of this survey to support influencing and advocating for trauma-informed responses.
A section dedicated to hosting ACE-related reports, studies and resources is now accessible on the Liverpool CAMHS website.Back to blog