Talking to mothers about their adverse childhood experiences

A new ground-breaking local initiative delivered in Anglesey by the Betsi Cadwaladr UHB, has seen health visitors routinely asking new mothers about the Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs they suffered as children.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that affect children while growing up, such as suffering child maltreatment or living in a household affected by domestic violence, substance misuse or mental illness. The routine ACE enquiry aims to better prepare individuals for parenting through providing opportunities to discuss and reflect on what impacted mother's own experiences of childhood.