ACE in Liverpool

“Our aim is to strengthen and coordinate responsiveness to ACEs in Liverpool. In other words, we aim to build an ACE resilient city where children are less likely to experience ACEs. Similarly where children and families have support and resilience through adversity. For instance, we aim to help adults feel supported to mitigate the potential impact of their own ACEs. In other words, how ACEs are impacting their own health and wellbeing and that of their families.  In conclusion, our aim is for children and families to have longer, healthier and happier lives.”


Follow the links below to read Liverpool’s ACE Strategic Statement.

ACE Strategic Statement Executive Summary

ACE Strategic Statement (Final Version)

As part of the Liverpool ACE action plan, Merseyside Youth Association’s RAISE team are currently delivering training. If you want to learn more about ACEs in Liverpool and trauma-informed practices, book your place here.

This report outlines the findings of a Liverpool City Region ACE survey explaining ACEs in Liverpool.

In conclusion, the survey was designed to understand the current perception of ACEs in Liverpool. And this was across the children and young people’s workforce. In addition, to enable us to develop an informed approach.  Ensuring ACE and childhood trauma are understood and identified.

The survey was completed by members of the child and young people’s workforce.

This video highlights the voice of a child. Additionally, how adversity and everyday stresses impacted their life.






ACE in Liverpool – Hundreds of children and young people from schools, clubs and youth groups across Liverpool came together to deliver a range of dramatic performances at the Epstein Theatre. They explored the subject of ‘Rise Up – Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) and Resilience.’

Merseyside Youth Association’s mental health promotion team hosted the fourth annual NOW Festival. Working in partnership with Liverpool Child Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Liverpool Cultural Education Partnership and the Arts Council.

Kath Thompson, the festival director explained: “There is growing evidence through research that the hardships and adversity people face in childhood are the largest contributing factor to poor health both physical and mental.  As well as other social problems.

“Under the guidance and support of our team, local young people have curated pieces, exploring the life-long effects of childhood.  And how it affects our physical and mental health. We’ve questioned if there is any truth to the saying ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’. Also what enables some people to be resilient and rise up against all the odds.”

In addition, the whole festival was filmed. Here you can watch a mixture of original live performances and films from the Now Festival 2019.

ACE Conference – A Call to Action, presentations and notes:

Kathryn Pugh MBE
Programme Lead for Children and Young People’s Mental Health NHS England
> Transforming Children and Young People’s Mental Health presentation

Steve Morton
Health and Wellbeing Manager, Public Health England North West
> Adverse Childhood Experiences presentation

Dr Zara Quigg PHD
Reader in Behavioural Epidemiology
> Adverse Childhood Experiences presentation