EA Welcomes the launch of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Training

24 November 2021

The Education Authority welcomes the launch of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) level one training by the SBNI.

Fane Street photo

Back row from left to right Nicola Topping EA, Tracey Woods CSSC. Front row from left Helen MacKenzie SBNI, Michelle McIlveen, Hilary Cunningham ( Principal Fane St PS)

This is an invaluable resource for schools and other education professionals  and will enhance their understanding of those factors which may impact upon children and young people’s  ability to learn and engage with education.

Nicola Topping, Head of Pupil Wellbeing Services, commented:  

“this is a great opportunity for those working in education to enhance their knowledge of adverse childhood experiences and to develop trauma-informed approaches. This resource will further support and strengthen the existing and well developed pastoral care systems in schools.”

Una Turbitt, Interim Director of Children & Young People’s Services, acknowledged the benefits of collaboration for the Education Authority with SBNI and schools, stating that,

“working in partnership with others enhances our ability to support our children and young people to learn and achieve.”

Thanks was also expressed to Fane Street Primary School in Belfast for hosting the launch of this online resource by the Minister for Education. Micelle McIlveen, and the school’s  involvement in this area of work.

The online resource Adverse Childhood Experiences Level 1 is available for schools and other professionals.

It is hoped that this will support staff induction and continuous professional development. Further training opportunities including a Level 2 training programme will be made available in due course.

Last updated: 24/11/2021