Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

All schools in England are required to be prepared to support our children in schools. Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences is a part of this. 

 At Stratford Primary School, we are planned and prepared to support all of our children. 


What are ACE's?


ACEs are serious childhood traumas -- a list is shown below -- that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems. 


Adverse Childhood Experiences can include:

1. Emotional abuse

2. Physical abuse

3. Sexual abuse

4. Emotional neglect

5. Physical neglect

6. Mother treated violently

7. Household substance abuse

8. Household mental illness

9. Parental separation or divorce

10. Incarcerated household member

11. Bullying (by another child or adult)

12. Witnessing violence outside the home

13. Witness a brother or sister being abused

14. Racism, sexism, or any other form of discrimination

15. Being homeless

16. Natural disasters and war