Adverse childhood experiences: What we know, what we don't know, and what should happen next

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Early Intervention Foundation

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has published a report examining the evidence relating to the prevalence, impact and treatment of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the extent to which ACEs should provide the basis for frontline practice and service design, and the known level of effectiveness and value of ACE-related approaches. The report finds that the popularity of the ACE narrative should not ignore the limitations in the evidence base or create the illusion there are quick fixes to prevent adversity or help people overcome it. 

This major report surveys the evidence relating to the prevalence, impact and treatment of ACEs, the extent to which ACEs should provide the basis for frontline practice and service design, and the known level of effectiveness and value of ACE-related approaches, such as routine enquiry and trauma-informed care.