The WAVE trust graphic on the impact of ACEs
The WAVE trust graphic on the impact of ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs, are stressful incidents or environments encountered in childhood, that can cause long-lasting trauma and have lasting effects on our future wellbeing.

The above graphic, from the WAVE trust, highlights some of the long-term health consequences of trauma in childhood. Compared with people with zero adverse childhood experiences, those with four or more ACEs are:

• 7 times more likely to have been involved in violence
• 11 times more likely to have used illicit drugs
• 11 times more likely to have been incarcerated
• 4 times more likely to have low levels of mental well-being and life satisfaction

To raise awareness about the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, the WAVE trust is asking every Member of Parliament to take a short survey to calculate Parliament’s ACE score. It is vital that politicians have a better understanding of the impact of trauma, especially when creating relevant policies.

In PMQs today I asked the Prime Minister to encourage colleagues to fill in the survey. You can find out more about ACEs on WAVE’s website: 

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