Children Order Series – Part 2: Adverse Childhood Experiences

Children Order Series – Part 2: Adverse Childhood Experiences

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Children Order Series, Part 2 – Embedding Awareness into Practice

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Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Time: 13.00 - 15.30

Cost: £27.50 + VAT per person

CPD Hours: 2.5 Group Study

Following on from the first session which provided an overview of the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), this session will discuss embedding ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice.

It will focus on the premise that children who are routinely exposed to situations such as domestic violence, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes experience a negative impact which can last well into adulthood. These chronic stress situations are called Adverse Childhood Experiences and in the absence of the building blocks of resilience, ACEs are often associated with poorer outcomes for individuals across their lifespan in educational attainment, employment, involvement in crime, family breakdown and health and wellbeing.

This session aims to increase ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice in Northern Ireland through a whole system approach and discuss how this approach will assist in delivering government outcomes and hence improved outcomes for children and young people and their families.

It will focus on the justice sector and explain the significance of this discourse through education, health, social care and the community and voluntary sectors.


This session will be delivered by Maria Morgan, Early Intervention Implementation Manager (Justice), Safe Guarding Board for Northern Ireland. Maria has worked in health & social care for the last three decades in both England and Northern Ireland. She has experience across a range of roles, with a particular focus on public health and mental health promotion. Maria worked in the role of Health Improvement Practitioner (Mental Health) in the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust from 2006 to 2018. For the last 2 years she has been working in the Safe Guarding Board for Northern Ireland as the Early Intervention Implementation Manager (Justice). Maria’s remit is to progress the Early Intervention Transformation Project Workstream 4, Trauma Informed Practice Programme. This programme has a focus on raising awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on an individual’s physical, psychological and social wellbeing across the life span.

The role is also focussed on the importance of promoting cross sectoral trauma informed systems, that support an early intervention/preventative, co-ordinated and timely response to vulnerable children and adults.

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