Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood, and research suggests can have negative, lasting effects on a person's health and well-being. Bristol is working to become an ACE aware city, and local partners have been working together to develop our approach to preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and to mitigate their immediate and long term impacts.
We are pleased to announce that Bristol Local Authority and Health Partners are supporting an ACE Health Integration Team to aid this collaboration. Health Integration Teams (HITs) bring together practitioners, managers, commissioners, researchers, service users and the public to tackle local priorities, and the ACE HIT will be:
- raising awareness and understanding about ACEs
- contributing to the developing evidence base on ACEs
- developing policy and practice approaches to prevent ACEs and mitigate their impacts
- building a ‘case for change’ which will set out how we can work differently together so that we can prevent ACEs and improve health and wellbeing.
The HIT will be organised through five workstreams which will be engaging with communities and research, and ensuring our learning feeds into practice at pace:
- Research and Evaluation
- Knowledge and Skills
- Education (i.e. nurseries, schools and academies)
- Strategic Planning and Commissioning
- Communication and Knowledge Transfer
Partners involved in the ACE HIT include:
- Bristol City Council
- Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group
- University of Bristol
- University of the West of England
- Avon and Somerset Police
- South Gloucestershire Council
- North Somerset Council
- School Phase Representatives
- Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector
The ACE HIT is an ambitious collaboration that will develop and share useful information and research about ACEs as well as best practice and resources.