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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s)


ACE’s are traumatic experiences that occur before the age of 18 and are remembered throughout adulthood.

 These experiences range from suffering verbal, mental, sexual and physical abuse, to being raised in a household where domestic violence, alcohol abuse, parental separation or drug abuse is present.

 Evidence shows children who experience stressful and poor quality childhoods are more likely to develop health-harming and anti-social behaviours, more likely to perform poorly in school, more likely to be involved in crime and ultimately less likely to be a productive member of society.

 Cymru Well Wales has committed to addressing ACEs and their impact in Wales by; making all public services in Wales able to respond effectively to prevent and mitigate the harms from ACEs, and by building protective factors and resilience in the population to cope with ACEs that cannot be prevented.


More Information on ACE’s can be found on the following website from Public Health Wales