Written by Ruby Lawlor, our International Communications Officer.

On Thursday 25th March, Florian and Ruby attended the Sixth International Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, as moderators of the panel titled; ‘Adverse Childhood Experience/Trauma-Informed Practice: Trauma Infomed Organizations – Current Practice and Future Directions’. The speakers included: Dr Sharon Lambert, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork; Chief Superintendent Sue Clarke and Superintendent Justin Srivastave, Lancashire Constabulary; Cath Randall, Deputy Head Safeguarding, NHS England; Margaret Williams, Safeguarding Health Executive Lancashire Integrated Care System; Jane Galbraith, Headteacher, Lathom High School; Steve Archer, Witham Park Academy; ACC Rhiannon Kirk and Superintendent Emma Davis, Action on ACEs Gloucestershire. We also supported the attendance of Chief Superintendent Colette Quinn, Garda Youth Diversion Bureau, Ireland (video here) and Aoife Dermody, Quality Matters, Ireland to present as part of another session led by Chief Constable Andy Rhodes (video here).

Sharon discussed the case for Trauma Informed Practice in Public Services (video here), Sue, Justin, Cath, and Margaret discussed the journey towards Trauma Informed Lancashire (videos here and here), Jane and Steve discussed Trauma Informed Schooling (videos here and here), and Rhiannon and Emma discussed Action on ACEs Gloucestershire.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), can impact on a childs social, emotional and cognitive development. An ACE is anything that occurs in your childhood that impacts on your ability to get your needs met and stay in services and systems that you require. Ensuring your organization is Trauma Aware, Sensitive and Informed, will cost you less in the long run, ensuring you have a service that is better equipped to serve its service users and its staff.

Watch this Youtube video to learn more from Dr. Sharon Lambert: