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Children's Rights: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact on children’s rights

Wed 5th Jun 2019

Glasgow, Brodies - Glasgow

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are derived from research produced by health researchers in the US. The research demonstrates the link between childhood trauma, such as abuse, neglect and traumatising home circumstances impacts on long-term health into adulthood. The health impacts include depression, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and shortened lifespan. The study is a landmark in epidemiological research and in Scotland it has spawned a movement promoting greater awareness of ACEs and their impact on health.

The research was produced in the 1990s after the ratification of the UNCRC. Yet the relevance of ACEs and children’s rights is strong. There are clear influences on children’s enjoyment of their rights as a result of children living in traumatising situations caused by ACEs. Part of our ambition to become an ACE aware nation is to consider the interaction of ACEs and children’s rights. It requires not only an understanding of ACEs but also an appreciation of how these impact on children’s rights and what can be done about it.

The seminar will be led by Tam Baillie, former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People and will focus on:

• What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?

• How do ACEs impact on children’s rights?

• What does the UNCRC say about ACEs?

• How can you improve policy/practice in relation to children’s rights and ACEs?

• What role does early intervention have in reducing ACEs?

This seminar is suitable for anyone responsible for children and young people. This can be carers, staff responsible for the delivery of services to children and families; managers responsible for allocating resources for children and young people; policy makers at all levels; and senior managers directing policy and resources.

Attendance at this seminar will provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Increase your understanding of the impact of ACEs on children’s lives
  • Develop your capacity to see where you can influence approaches to reducing the impact of ACEs on children’s rights
  • Consider how future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights and the reduction of ACEs
  • Identify the key policy and practice drivers in Scotland for tackling ACEs

The seminar will be a mixture of lecture input and refection on the part of the participants. It will allow participants the opportunity to be better informed about the international framework of children’s rights and participation and allow them the space to reflect on their own role and how they can apply participation rights in a more meaningful way. Be prepared for an interactive session and the opportunity for learning from others.

The seminar is one of a series promoting and further safeguarding children’s rights in Scotland. You will be surprised by what you already know and this will add to your knowledge and confidence in application of our international obligations.

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Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Kenzie Sharkey

Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP

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