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(UK) S. Wales: School staff trained to overcome the "damaging effects of early childhood trauma"

Feb 18, 2018, (UK) South Wales Guardian: Schools to be trained to help pupils overcome the effects of childhood trauma http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/16030627.Schools_to_be_trained_to_help_pupils_overcome_the_effects_of_childhood_trauma/ Every school in Wales is being encouraged to take up a new training package so that staff can help pupils overcome the damaging effects of early childhood trauma. Teachers, lunchtime supervisors and other support staff will be offered training to make them more aware of the life-long impact adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can have on pupils. ACEs include family breakdown or bereavement, verbal and physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse in the home, having a parent in prison, sexual abuse and mental illness. Research by Public Health Wales and Bangor University shows that 41% of adults with four or more ACEs are now suffering low mental health well being.. … Three primary schools in Bridgend county have been involved in a pilot project funded by the Home Office Police Innovation Fund and the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner. Following this, a training package will be available to all primary and secondary schools in Wales from the middle of the year. … “Children’s behaviour is their way of communicating and we need to be better at understanding the changes in brain development when they are living in an environment with toxic stress. Experiencing four or more ACEs has a tremendous impact not just on their education but their whole lives, including their mental and physical health. …