ACEs training should be mandatory

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) now include the experience of COVID 19, the 11th ACE. Our children are experiencing the adverse effects of lockdown, school closures, increased poverty, loss of life and loss of Liberty. The so called ‘New normal’ will bring a tsunami of challenges for everyone and especially for children and young people. It is now imperative that all front line staff, who work with children, young adults, and vulnerable families, are ACEs trained and fully ACEs aware and trauma informed. The training needs to be accredited and more than just a box ticking exercise. ACEs awareness should be a public health priority with everyone being educated about ACEs science and how adversity in childhood can effect physical and mental health and behaviours over a lifespan.