There are particular experiences in childhood (Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs) which can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour; people who experience multiple ACEs are more likely to engage in risk taking behaviours which are harmful to health and sometimes associated with criminal behaviour.
However not all people who experience adverse or traumatic childhoods become victims and/or perpetrators of crime. Understanding why some children do well despite early adverse experiences is crucial and should be used to inform policy and practise to help more children reach their potential and reduce crime and victimisation.
This is an hour-long ground-breaking documentary looking at the links between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and poorer life outcomes. It chronicles the beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat Toxic Stress, and help the next generation to break the cycle of adversity and improve future wellbeing.
This screening will have a particular focus on the safer communities and justice aspect of ACEs and trauma-informed practice.
The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion and an opportunity to hear about the current activity surrounding adverse childhood experiences and reflect on what it means to you in the context of your role and organisation.
Hosted by The ALLIANCE and the Scottish Community Safety Network
With support from Scottish Government, RoSPA, LinkUp and Citadel Youth Centre.
Venue: Citadel Youth Centre in Leith, Edinburgh (175 Commercial Street EH6 6JE)