ACEs 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.”

Liverpool ACE Strategic Statement

ACE Strategic Statement Executive Summary

ACE Strategic Statement (Final Version)

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

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

ACEs: Where are we now & looking to the future conference – June 2023

Below you will find the presentations delivered at the conference. Click the links to download.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Presented by Carmel Henshall

Offending or Defending? Presented by Emma White- Senior Mental Health Practitioner- AlderHey CAMHS

Our emotional postures in exploring adverse experiences. Presented by Michael Galbraith Parent and Baby Service, PSS

Whole Family Therapeutic Intervention. Presented by Crea8ting Community

Liverpool: a city that builds protection from, and resilience for, Adverse Childhood Experiences. Presented by SIL

Kinship Carers

Evidenced-based approaches for preventing and responding to avoidable childhood adversity. Presented by Zara Quigg  Prof Behavioural Epidemiology Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University



NOW Festival 2019 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.’

Here you can watch a mixture of original live performances and films from the Now Festival 2019.

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

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