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Please note that Colwell Arts Centre will be closed from 1:00pm on Wednesday 18th December 2019. It will be open as normal on Thursday 19th December 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Adverse childhood experiences & attachment & looked-after children

A resilient child will have had experience of a consistent, positive parent or carer. They will feel worthwhile,safe and capable. Many children do not.

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This may be as a result of early adverse life experiences (ACEs, including ‘early trauma’), particularly between the ages of 0-3. These ACEs are common in looked-after and adopted children, but also in many other children.

This affects their relationships, behaviour and mental health. Around 50% of the population experience and ACE, and 12% of the population experience four or more. Many of these are young people who are living in foster care, also known as ‘looked-after’, as well as those who move on to an adopted family.   

An informed teacher, tutor or mentor can make a big difference to a young person; and even a little knowledge of ACEs and Attachment will help you to improve their ability to learn and succeed.

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See also the Behavioural and emotional difficulties and mental health section 

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