We can prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
From a video by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are an important public health issue.
How can everyone help prevent ACEs?
This is a community issue - when communities come together, they can do so much to prevent ACEs. Prevention cannot be left solely to government agencies e.g. schools, NHS, social services, etc. We can all help in implementing strategies to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children.
What are these?
There are five known strategies that help stop ACEs before they even start. You can help implement them in your own community:
strengthening economic support for families e.g. creating paid work and training opportunities;
changing social norms to support parents and promoting positive parenting;
providing quality care and education early in life;
enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development;
intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk.
Safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to assure that all children reach their full potential.
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