What are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)?
The term Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is used to describe a wide range of stressful or traumatic experiences that children can be exposed to whilst growing up. ACEs range from experiences that directly harm a child (such as suffering physical, verbal or sexual abuse, and physical or emotional neglect) to those that affect the environment in which a child grows up (including parental separation, domestic violence, mental illness, alcohol abuse, drug use or incarceration).
The ACE animation below tells the story of a young boy growing up, and how his experience with ACEs could affect his life experience. We hope that you find this animation informative and useful, whether it is being used as part of a training programme, or as a local resident watching with interest.