27 Nov What are ACEs and why are they important to fostering?
Childhood experiences, whether positive or negative, have a significant impact on the future of a child. To provide trauma-informed care to foster children, you must understand the impact of trauma on child development and learn how to effectively minimise its effects without causing additional trauma.
At Enhanced Foster Care, we are raising awareness of trauma-informed practice, by providing information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and how children with such negative life experience have the best chance in life.
What are ACEs?
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events, ranging from abuse, neglect and household dysfunction, which can have a significant impact on long-term health and mental wellbeing of an individual in their life course.
The most effective way of minimising trauma for a child or young person is reducing the exposure to such Adverse Childhood Experiences; this can be done successfully in a stable, and caring foster home, which is free of abuse, neglect and other trauma.
However, even under stressful conditions toxic stress can be mitigated, by providing stable and nurturing relationships, which can work on reversing the effects of ACEs. It is therefore of great importance that foster children are provided with the safe, and loving environment that they require, in order to protect against negative health, social and wellbeing outcomes in later life.