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Action on ACE's

Action on ACEs Gloucestershire is a unique collaboration between public sector, voluntary and community organisations. Our vision is a resilient Gloucestershire where communities and organisations are acting on ACEs by building resilience.

In Stroud District we are working with the voluntary sector to deliver ACEs awareness training in 2021 and 2022. We are also building community resilience through our local Know Your Patch network and our Community Hubs development to help reduce the risk of ACEs for our young people and to help our adults combat the impact of their own ACEs.

What are ACEs?

ACEs are specified traumatic events occurring before the age of 18 years. High or frequent exposure to ACEs, without the support of a trusted adult can lead to toxic stress.

Public Health Wales has done outstanding work raising awareness of ACEs and this short animation film developed with Darwen Local Authority provides a compelling introduction to the subject.

Facts and stats

There is a large body of evidence which shows that the adversity we experience as children can affect us into adulthood. Within a general population anyone can be susceptible to ACEs regardless of ethnicity, sex and socioeconomic status, although the number of ACEs experience tends to increase with lower socioeconomic status.

ACEs are prevalent across the population and recent studies have shown:

  • Nearly half of people in England experience at least one ACE, with around 9% experiencing four or more ACEs (Blackburn & Darwen Study)
  • Six ACEs can reduce your life expectancy by 20 years
  • For every 100 adults in England, 48 have suffered at least one ACE during their childhood and nine suffered four or more.

Information taken from Action on ACEs Gloucestershire.

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