- 7 Sep 2018
Date received: 13 August 2018
Date responded: 6 September 2018
1) All information that the Scottish Government hold on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) in relation to prison/prisoners.
2) All information on the Government’s bill called Scotland’s Suicide Prevention Plan.
I am responding to the first of your questions, as policy responsibility for the second question lies with a different area within the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has not undertaken any research specifically relating to ACEs in prisons/amongst prisoners. However, the Scottish Prison Service covered this topic in their 2017 prisoner survey (pages 36-41): http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/Publications/Publication-6101.aspx
In addition, the available evidence on the links between childhood adversity and criminality and victimisation in adulthood has been summarised in the Scottish Government publication “Understanding Childhood Adversity, Resilience and Crime”:
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House