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Centre & Office Closure

Please note that Colwell Arts Centre is currently closed. We will of course let you know when we are able to re-open. Any queries please email: glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk and we will endeavour to deal with your enquiry as quickly as is possible during this challenging time.

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.


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.

Practical advice



Further reading

See also the Behavioural and emotional difficulties and mental health section 

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