Erasmus+ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Interprofessional Working
The Erasmus+ Adverse Childhood Experiences and Inter-professional Working project aims to develop, evaluate and disseminate best practice for interprofessional work in recognising and supporting children who have been through adverse experiences.
What are adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
The term adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is used to describe experiences that directly hurt a child, such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse, or affect them through the environment in which they live (Bush, 2018). This includes growing up in a household where domestic violence, parental separation, mental illness, alcohol abuse, or drug abuse is present, or where someone has been incarcerated (Bellis et al., 2016, 2017).
ACEs are increasingly understood to have consequences for those who live them, both immediately and throughout their lives. They can impact on mental and physical health and affect the life choices that people make.
Interprofessional work is crucial in supporting people to overcome the challenges which they face and to help them live happier and more stable lives.
We are working with colleagues across four countries: the UK, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our partners include primary, secondary and higher education providers, police and local authorities.
Project aims and objectives
We are supporting each other and learning from each other in:
- Setting a baseline of our understanding of ACEs and our skills base
- Establishing a definition of interprofessional learning (IPL) which includes fostering mutual understanding between professionals and provides for transferable knowledge and skills.
- Mapping the institutional landscape in the partner countries to ensure that training takes account of differences and similarities
- Piloting a course for IPL
- Compiling a handbook of strategies and procedures
- Creating teaching resources
- Developing virtual case studies as a tool for electronic learning
- Producing webinars on IPL
The project objectives will be delivered by September 2020, but through dissemination activities will develop a wider reach and legacy.
Toxic Stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): This two hour CPD activity aims to raise your awareness of the impact of toxic stress and ACEs. You can undertake this training as an individual or in pairs/small groups. On completion, there will be opportunities for research and extended learning if this is your area of interest.
Radio interview: Zoe Nixon and Dan Rogerson talking to Pirate FM about the Erasmus ACEs project back in March 2019
References and further reading
Bellis, M. A., Ashton. K., Hughes, K., Ford, K., Bishop. J. and Paranjothy, S. (2016) Adverse childhood experiences and their impact on health-harming behaviours in the Welsh adult population. Cardiff: Public Health Wales NHS Trust.
Bellis, M. A., Hughes, K., Hardcastle, K. A., Ashton, K., Ford, K., Quigg, Z. and Davies, A. (2017) 'The impact of adverse childhood experiences on health service use across the life course using a retrospective cohort study', Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 22 (3) pp. 168–177.
Bellis, M. A., Hughes, K., Ford, K., Hardcastle, K. A., Sharp, C. A., Wood, S., Homolova, L. and Davies, A. (2018) 'Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience: a retrospective study of their combined relationships with child health and educational attendance', BMC Public Health, 18:792.
Felitti, V. J., Anda, R. F., Nordenberg, D., Williamson, D. F., Spitz, A. M., Edwards, V., Koss, M. P. and Marks, S. J. (1998) 'Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 14 (4), pp. 245-258.
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