Trauma | ACES | Resilience – Resources

In response to requests for further information following screenings of the ‘Resilience’ documentary, the attached resource document has been produced to help raise awareness of existing information, research, multi-media information and links to work carried out with regards to Adverse Childhood Experiences, Resilience and Trauma Informed Practice.

Download ACEs Resource Document

We hope that you find the information contained useful and we would encourage you to share the attached resource document with any of your own contacts who you feel would benefit. 


ASCERT Commissioned by Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland to Deliver ACEs Training


ASCERT has been commissioned by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI), to provide training for staff and volunteers working in the community and voluntary sector in Northern Ireland to increase awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Trauma Informed Practice.

The course is relevant to anyone working with children and/or adults where ACEs may be affecting their health/wellbeing. Participants will have the opportunity to:

• Develop an increased awareness of the potential impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences on individuals and communities.
• Develop an enhanced understanding of the impact of Trauma and ACEs on the brain and possible subsequent behaviour.
• Increase their knowledge of emotional health & wellbeing and support pathways for both staff and services users.

This training is FREE and is available in venues across Northern Ireland. Registration for this training can be completed online at the ASCERT website.

Please note, the training sessions being delivered by ASCERT are ONLY available to the community and voluntary sector. If you work in another sector you should contact SBNI directly for information on what other training opportunities in this area that are available. Visit:

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about this course and how to book onto it can visit: or alternatively you can email: or telephone 0800 2545 123 (and ask to speak to a member of the ASCERT Training Services team).


Level 1 ACE Training – May/June 2019


ASCERT are delivering a Level One ACE and Trauma Informed Practice Training Programme across the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

ASCERT welcome all staff and volunteers working across the sector to attend the 3 hour training sessions to enhance their knowledge of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma Informed Practice.

For further information please click below to view the schedule of training dates, venues and details on how to register.





ACE-Trauma Informed Practice Stakeholder Workshops May 2019

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland are holding a series of workshops to deliver ACE Awareness and Trauma Informed Practice Training across health, social care, education, justice and the community/voluntary sector in Northern Ireland.

A series of information workshops are being delivered to the various sectors, including the community/voluntary sector, with the following aims:

a) Engage with the community & voluntary sector to help us to understand your current level of ACE awareness and relevant training needs to be more trauma sensitive in your work and practice.

b) Explore opportunities and challenges of embedding trauma informed practice in your service / team / organisation.


Date/Time: Tuesday 7th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: St. Columb’s Park House, Derry
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: NICVA, Belfast
View the flyer here.

Date/Time: Tuesday 10th May 2019 : 9.30 – 12.30
Location: The Junction, Dungannon
View the flyer here.

To register your interest please click on the relevant link above.

Numbers are limited so early booking is essential. 

Please note: Registering your interest in this workshop does not guarantee a place. You will be contacted once registration closes on 1 May with confirmation.


WHO International Conference – ACE Trauma Informed Practice Seminar

The Regional ACE Reference Group for Northern Ireland hosted a seminar on Adverse Childhood Experiences as part of the World Healthy Cities International Conference in Belfast this week. The seminar was attended by over 130 delegates including international visitors, department officials and local service providers from across Northern Ireland

The event enabled the Regional ACE Reference Group to highlight the opportunities to develop a consistent trauma informed network across Northern Ireland through a number of initiatives including the Cross Border CAWT Multiple Adverse Experiences (MACE) Project and the EITP Trauma Informed Practice Workforce Development Project.


The presentations from the seminar can be downloaded below:

WHO International Conference – ACE Seminar Programme (1 October 2018)

ACE Presentation – An Early Year’s Approach

ACE Presentation – Understanding the Bigger Picture – A Strategic Policy Context, Dreena Evans, Department for Education NI

Keynote Speaker – A public health approach to ACEs in Scotland – from evidence and policy to action in communities, Katy Hetherington, NHS Scotland 

Scottish ACE Documentary (Short Video)


For more information about the role of the ACE Reference Group please click here