Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Advantages and Disadvantages of the ACEs Narrative & Effectiveness of Common Responses

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Date of webinar: 
21 May 2020
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Freyja Fischer is a Research Officer at the Early Intervention Foundation where she has contributed to the 2020 Adverse Childhood Experiences report and works on a variety of evaluation and research projects. Before working for the Early Intervention Foundation, Freyja researched sexism and completed a PhD at Osnabrueck University, Germany.

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About the webinar:

The umbrella term “Adverse Childhood Experiences” describes a range of negative experiences children can have. The term was first used in a 1997 paper and since then a compelling narrative has been created around the term, promoting early intervention to prevent long-term negative outcomes and early death. However, the current evidence base around ACEs is still limited and there are no quick fixes to prevent adversity or help people overcome it.

This webinar will address advantages and disadvantages of the ACEs narrative, identify open questions, and contextualise ACEs within the wider literature of child maltreatment and disadvantage. We will then have a look at how a system-wide focus on ACEs could mitigate the impact on child development and which interventions could be used to help address ACEs. This webinar is for individuals or organisations who would like to know more about Adverse Childhood Experiences and other issues that negatively affect children as well as existing interventions for addressing them.

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