Regional ACE Reference Group

The Health and Social Care Sector jointly hosted a Regional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Conference in November 2017 that set a platform for the regional roll out of the ACE agenda across Northern Ireland.


An Adverse Childhood Experience can be defined as: 

An increasing body of international research identifies the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood.Such stress arises when children are routinely exposed to issues such as domestic violence, parental separation or divorce, mental ill health, alcohol and other substance misuse problems in their homes. Collectively, such childhood stressors are called ACEs (Adverse childhood Experiences) and the research shows that exposure to ACEs is associated with poorer outcomes for children including in educational attainment, employment, involvement in crime, family breakdown, and a range of health and wellbeing measures.


During the closing remarks of the Regional ACE Conference, Sean Holland, Department of Health announced that £1.5 million will be invested through the Early Intervention Transformation Programme that will be led through the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland.

Since the conference a Regional ACE Reference Group has been established to support continued momentum and integration of the ACE agenda in Northern Ireland and support the Early Intervention Transformation Programme (EITP) ACE Workstream Projects.


Contact Us

For further information about the Regional ACE Reference Group please contact Sharon McMinn by email at or telephone (028) 95 363 188


Latest News & Events

Trainer Programme Dates - Final Level One ACE Awareness, Level Two Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Practice and Train the Trainer programme dates are available on the SBNI website at
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 Continue Reading →
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 Continue Reading →
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 Continue Reading →
EITP Trauma Informed Practices Resources Live – QUB Evidence Review and NI ACE ANIMATION - The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) commissioned Queens University Belfast to complete an international trauma informed practice evidence review. A full evidence review report has been made available alongside Continue Reading →


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