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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are events occurring in childhood (before the age of 18) that are potentially traumatic. To help staff support children or young people who have suffered from ACEs, this online course teaches learners how to recognise what ACEs are, the trauma attached to them, and identify protective factors.

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About this Adverse Childhood Experiences training course 

This Adverse Childhood Experiences training course teaches staff how to recognise whether a child or young person has experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how to provide support for them. On completion of this Adverse Childhood Experiences online training course, you will receive a certified Flexebee certificate.

In England, over 80% of children in need have experienced at least one ACE. Understanding the long-term impact of ACEs can help staff in the education sector better provide trauma-informed care. Learners will gain an understanding of how to respond to cases of children or young people who have suffered from such experiences in their childhood.

Duration Duration Dependent on delivery method, this online Adverse Childhood Experiences course takes between 1-2 hours to complete and gain your certificate.
Entry & Level Entry & Level There are no barriers to entry on our Adverse Childhood Experiences training course. This is an awareness course, suitable for all.
Certification Certification On completion of this Adverse Childhood Experiences online course, either download your certificate or access it later online.
Accreditations Accreditations This Adverse Childhood Experience course is CPD accredited and meets Wales Legislation requirements.


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Adverse Childhood Experiences training course learning outcomes

On completion of this online Adverse Childhood Experiences training course, learners should know and understand the following:

  • What Adverse Childhood Experiences are
    Recognise what ACEs are
  • Trauma
    Understand trauma including the concept of 'Fight, Flight or Freeze’
  • Toxic stress
    Learn what toxic stress is, and its effects on the brains of children and young people
  • Coping strategies
    Understand what children and young people need to enable them to cope with trauma
  • Theory of attachment
    Understand the theory of attachment, and the differences between secure and insecure attachment
  • Negative impacts of ACEs
    Gain awareness of the potential negative impact of being exposed to ACEs
  • Protective factors
    Identify what protective factors are
  • Support and understanding
    Learn how to improve your listening skills to offer children support and understand the child’s perspective
  • Prevention measures
    Identify what you can do to help break the cycle of ACEs when working with children and families

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Why is understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences important in the education sector?

At least 2.5% of children living in England experience some form of abuse during childhood. Staff, such as teachers or childminders, who are responsible for the care of children and young people in an educational setting should, therefore, have a good understanding of how to identify ACEs and how to provide support for those who have experienced ACEs.

What are the 10 ACEs? The 10 adverse childhood experiences are:
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Psychological neglect
  • Witnessing domestic abuse
  • Having a close family member who misused drugs or alcohol
  • Having a close family member with mental health problems
  • Having a close family member who served time in prison
  • Parental separation or divorce on account of relationship breakdown
What is an adverse childhood experience? ACEs are traumatic events that occur before a child reaches the age of 18. ACEs include all types of abuse and neglect, such as parental substance use, incarceration, and domestic violence.


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Our Adverse Childhood Experiences course is easily accessible online through e-learning, allowing your staff to study anytime, anywhere, 24/7. This makes it the perfect option for care staff with challenging shift patterns. Additionally, you will receive exceptional customer support from our dedicated account manager and support team.

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• Study anywhere you want on any device 

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