Regional ACE Reference Group

The Health and Social Care Sector jointly hosted a Regional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in November 2017 that set a platform for the regional roll out of the ACE agenda across Northern Ireland.


An Adverse Childhood Experience can be defined as: 

An increasing body of international research identifies the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood.Such stress arises when children are routinely exposed to issues such as domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes. Collectively, such childhood stressors are called ACEs (Adverse childhood Experiences) and the research shows that exposure to ACEs is associated with poorer outcomes for children including in educational attainment, employment, involvement in crime, family breakdown, and a range of health and wellbeing measures.


During the closing remarks of the Regional ACE Conference, Sean Holland, Department of Health announced that £1.5 million will be invested through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme that will be led through the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.

Since the conference a Regional ACE Reference Group has been established to support continued momentum and integration of the ACE agenda in Northern Ireland and support the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) ACE Workstream Projects.


Contact Us

For further information about the Regional ACE Reference Group please contact Stephanie Thompson by email at or telephone (028) 95 360 249


Latest News & Events

ASCERT Commissioned by Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland to Deliver ACEs Training -   ASCERT has been commissioned by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI), to provide training for staff and volunteers working in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland Continue Reading →
Level 1 ACE Training – May/June 2019 -   ASCERT are delivering a Level One ACE and Trauma Informed Practice Training Programme across the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland. ASCERT welcome all staff and volunteers working across the Continue Reading →
EITP Trauma Informed Practices Resources Live – QUB Evidence Review and NI ACE ANIMATION - The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) commissioned Queens University Belfast to complete an international trauma informed practice evidence review. A full evidence review report has been made available alongside Continue Reading →
ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019 - The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary Continue Reading →
CYPSP Regional ACE Reference Group - The Regional ACE Reference Group met in Girdwood Community Centre, on 23 November 2018. Representation from the Trauma Network was welcomed to the group. The group signed of the ACE Continue Reading →


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