Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in relation to prison/prisoners: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02276
Date received: 13 August 2018
Date responded: 6 September 2018
Information requested

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):

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”:

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Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 
The Scottish Government 
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