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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)
Community awareness and action

Community awareness and action

We are working to raise awareness and support action across communities so that children grow up in areas which:

  • facilitate health and wellbeing
  • help to prevent adversity
  • support the resilience of children and adults affected by ACEs and trauma

Examples of the type of action we are taking includes:

  • working with Public Health Scotland and the Scottish ACEs Hub which aims to raise awareness and understanding about ACEs and encourage action across sectors - including linking to local ACE hubs across Scotland
  • collaborating with children, young people and other stakeholders to co-produce ways to raise awareness and understanding of children’s rights
  • reducing inequalities and improving outcomes for children through the Family and Communities Third Sector Fund
  • placing emphasis on the early years through our public health priorities
  • reducing violence through the Navigator Programme which aims to reach out to vulnerable people living chaotic, violent lifestyles to access the services and support they need to turn their lives around



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