Ayrshire College staff ACE it

Ayrshire College staff ACE it

Staff from across the College attended a special training session recently at Ayrshire College’s Kilmarnock Campus.

Focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), the event was a fantastic opportunity to encourage discussion about what action can be taken to prevent and respond to early adversity.

ACEs are traumatic events in early childhood that cause toxic stress, they include abuse and neglect, witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who abuse alcohol or drugs.

When children are exposed to adverse and stressful experiences, it can have long-lasting impact.

Public Health Principal, NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Kathleen Winter gave a presentation to Student Services and Inclusive Learning staff on understanding the impact of ACEs and how we can respond to ACEs.

A question and answer session with an expert panel made up of representatives from NHS Public Health, South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership and college staff was followed by workshops.

Inclusive Learning Team Leader, Teri Evans said "the response to the event has been amazing. It was great to see so many partners coming together to help our staff understand more about the ACE barriers our students may be facing.

“I would like to thank our fantastic panel Kathleen Winter from NHS Ayrshire and Arran, Campus Police Officer PC Jemma Davidson, Corporate Parent Officer, Dawn Parker, Student Mental Health Officer, Paul Hough and Head of Inclusive Learning, Doreen Wales. Their support and experience has been superb.”

Head of Inclusive Learning at Ayrshire College, Doreen Wales said “this event has been important for us as it has provided awareness and equipped our staff with information, providing an understanding of ACEs and a discussion on how we can best support students.”

11 July 2018

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