Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma

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

Community awareness and action

We want all children to grow up in places that facilitate positive health and wellbeing and prevent adversity. This is why we’re working to raise awareness of ACEs and trauma, to support action across local communities, and to support children, young people and adults negatively affected by ACEs and trauma, as well as supporting their resilience. 

Examples of the type of action we are taking includes:

  • working with the Scottish ACEs Hub (co-ordinated by Public Health Scotland) which aims to raise awareness and understanding of ACEs and encourage action across sectors, linking with local ACE hubs across Scotland
  • participating alongside children, young people and their duty bearers to co-produce approaches to raise awareness and understanding of children’s rights
  • reducing inequalities and improving outcomes for children through the Family and Communities Third Sector Fund
  • providing community-based support through the CashBack for Communities Programme, which is funding for projects supporting children and young people affected by ACEs and trauma
  • supporting the Navigator Programme, led by the Violence Reduction Unit, which links with hospital emergency departments to provide peer support to adults whose lives are affected by violence  



Trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience Unit
Mental Health Directorate
Scottish Government
3ER - St. Andrew's House
Regent Road

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