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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Our work to prevent and reduce the negative impact of childhood adversity and trauma.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Action to prevent ACEs

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:




Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Unit
Improving Health & Wellbeing Division
Directorate for Children & Families
Scottish Government
2B-South Victoria Quay