Action to prevent ACEs
We know that the best thing to do is to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) from happening in the first place, as far as possible.
Preventing and responding early to adversity and trauma is a key focus across a range of our policies.
As part of the Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) approach, we are progressing actions focused on prevention and early intervention to ensure all children have the best start in life. These cover a wide range of policy areas including pregnancy and parenthood, family relationships, children's services and child protection.
Some examples of the types of action being taken across these policy areas are:
- providing more support for children and families in the very earliest years, for example, through our universal health visiting service and the rollout of family nurse partnerships
- investing in perinatal and infant mental health to support parents and infants at the outset to prevent any problems escalating
- increasing family incomes and reducing living costs through the Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan
- developing a high-quality and more flexible early learning and childcare system that is accessible, affordable, and integrated with school and out-of-school care.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Unit
Improving Health & Wellbeing Division
Directorate for Children & Families
2B-South Victoria Quay