ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES (ACES)
Therapeutic Activities Group's programmes are designed to mitigate the long term impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). It's not to say that all participants have lived through Childhood Adversity however the techniques and approaches used are to assist in personal growth and positive change.
So what are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)? According to Public Health Wales, ACEs are traumatic experiences that occur before the age of 18 and are remembered throughout adulthood.
These experiences range from suffering verbal, mental, sexual and physical abuse, to being raised in a household where domestic violence, alcohol abuse, parental separation or drug abuse is present.
Evidence shows children who experience stressful and poor quality childhoods are more likely to develop health-harming and anti-social behaviours, more likely to perform poorly in school, more likely to be involved in crime and ultimately less likely to be a productive member of the community.
It is the young people who have lived through these ACEs that Therapeutic Activities Group want to work with and try to repair some of the damage experienced in their youth
Below is a video produced for Public Health Wales illustrating the potential impact of ACEs as well as a small fact sheet outlining the percentage of Welsh adults who suffered from various ACEs.