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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.

Adverse Childhood Experience and Inter-Professional Working - project website

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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 working

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.

Partners in the United Kingdom include The Learning Institute (the Higher Education arm of the Westcountry Schools Trust), Devon and Cornwall Police, and Devon County Council.

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.

Project Outputs 

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

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