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- October 2023

News for Action  
A monthly newsletter to spread the seeds and connect the dots. 

It is hard to stay hopeful in times of so many misfortunes in our London communities and around the world. Yet, we need to face the facts to make real changes.

This month’s newsletter is packed with items to challenge and inspire us.

We cannot ignore new evidence about destitution’s malevolent grip on children. The key figure is One Million - the number of children in the UK affected by destitution in 2022, according to a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

The rate of destitution among black-led households was three times more than their share of the population. For Londoners, the situation is at its bleakest: the capital had the highest rate of destitution among all regions.

So where are the solutions? The threads of trauma are knotted, demanding more far-reaching strategies.

Though there is talk about trauma-informed care in health services, a report from Bristol University sets out a challenging view of the present state of development, describing it as ‘piecemeal’: ‘Bottom-up driven trauma-informed initiatives need top-down support from organisational, regional, and national leadership.’

Until a coherent strategic approach is adopted, our children, families, and communities will continue to suffer the cold winds of adversity with less support than they deserve.

A good example of top-down strategic initiative is a landmark report published by the Royal College of Psychiatry. It recognises that the experience of socioeconomic deprivation and racial discrimination are important adverse childhood experiences and addresses changes in training to also cover the signs and symptoms of childhood adversity.

Positive change is possible. In this spirit, we are thrilled to announce our final webinar of 2023 in partnership with the ATTUNE Project, focusing on ACEs and young people’s mental and ways forward. Don't miss out, register below!

Support the ACEs work!

Join our network to add your voice to our collective effort to make London an ACE-aware metropolis.

As we plan more events and prepare for the conference in 2024, there are new opportunities to work with the Hub, especially in fundraising and media.

If either of these opportunities appeals to you, do get in touch.

We thank everyone who has shared items for this month’s newsletter. Suggestions are always welcome so drop us a line via [email protected] if you have some news to share on ACEs, TIC, and resilience-building. Together we are stronger.

Time for News for Action!

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The London ACEs Hub is a beacon of mutual learning and sharing, bringing together multidisciplinary professionals, survivors, and community advocates. Get inspired and add your voice - Join in!


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This webinar will be a special opportunity to hear about a novel Medical Research Council (MRC) funded research project called ATTUNE, which seeks to examine the mechanisms behind adolescent mental health, specifically Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), using a variety of creative art modalities. Our Speakers will explore the importance of understanding and acknowledging ACEs and early insights from the project to date, gathered from creative workshops with over 70 young people across England and from looking at intersectionalities in four large existing datasets. The session will involve young people talking about their experiences and reflections to promote and encourage changes in policy to benefit and support the young people of today and tomorrow. Join us to get inspired!

Location: Online

Date: 16 Nov 2023

Cost: Free

Beyond the Hub 

A three-week online conversation series promoted by the Bowlby Centre and chaired by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk, developmental psychologist and co-founder of ACE Aware Scotland.

Location: Online

Date: 7, 14 and 21 Nov 2023

Cost: £20 per session or £50 for all three sessions

A webinar with Dr. Kelly Young-Wolff and Dr. Carey Watson, promoted by ACEs Aware.

Location: Online

Date: 9 Nov 2023

Cost: Free

An online workshop with Alun Parry on memory reconsolidation to help people who have experienced trauma & who struggle with nervous system responses. Promoted by A Disorder For Everyone! (AD4E).

Location: Online

Date: 13 Nov 2023

Cost: £0 – £70.05

Engaging with Oppression in Practice, Supervision and Training.

These workshops promoted by The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN) will support participants to develop a framework for therapeutic understanding based on concepts such as Recognition Trauma and a black empathic approach presented in Dr Isha Mckenzie-Mavinga’s books.

Location: Online

Date: 17 and 18 Nov 2023

Cost: Early bird before 4 Nov 2023 - £170 - £235; Standard tickets from 5 Nov 2023 - £180 - £250

A 2-hour introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), a part of the One Croydon Training programme for statutory, health, and voluntary frontline workforce.

Location: Online

Date: 22 Nov 2023

Cost: Free


An episode of The Therapy4Dads Podcast with Dr. Stephen Porges, the pioneer of polyvagal theory, and his son, Seth Porges, journalist, director, and producer. October 2023.

Youth mentor and founder of Milk and Honey, Ebenhita Iyere, talks about the violence perpetrated to Black girls in its many forms and how the lack of community provisions has exacerbated these issues. A conversation in reaction to the tragic passing of 15-year-old Elianne Andam who was a victim of a stabbing, BBC Sounds, 1Xtra Talks. October 2023.

A video by Sounds True with Dr. Peter A. Levine, PhD, and developer of Somatic Experiencing, a naturalistic and neurobiological approach to healing trauma and resolving stress. September 2023.


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A report by Suzanne Fitzpatrick and colleagues, published by Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 24 October 2023

A report by Dr Natalia Lewis, University of Bristol, October 2023.

Getting access to services remains a fundamental problem, particularly for people with protected equality characteristics as reported by Care Quality Commission, 20 October 2023.

A landmark report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists calling on governments to prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of young children by rolling out new comprehensive services in every neighbourhood and region to under 5s and their parents, so they get the support they need.

Action & Tools
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Guides and practical tools by Young Minds for schools, NHS staff, commissioners and other professionals to support children and young people who have experienced adversity and trauma. 

Fatima campaigned for her council to exempt care leavers from paying council tax, and she wants every council to do the same. A campaign published by The Children's Society, 19 October 2023.

Racial Justice
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The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Race and Community is collecting short written submissions regarding the disproportionate impact of the environmental emergency on Black people, Indigenous Peoples, and people of colour. For questions, contact 

[email protected].

This report illuminates the ways misogynoir shows up in online spaces; the way it spreads and intersects with other forms of white supremacy; and, most disappointingly, how it is still missed in content
moderation by tech platforms. By Glitch, July 2023.

Lived Experience

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A touching and insightful personal account by Amit Katwala. The Guardian, 21 October 2023.

News & Initiatives
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The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, has launched The Big Ambition, a national survey of children and young people across England.

The survey aims to hear from children across England to make sure that the Government hears their voices on what they think is important and needs to be done to make children’s lives better.

Deadline: Friday 15th December.

Exemptions for women and children leaving abusers was ‘hidden’ in government guidance, a leading charity said. By Finlay Johnston. Open Democracy, 6 October 2023.

Social Prescribing pilot sessions led by Black Rootz at Wolves Lane have been underway the past month. Attendees have been engaged in green skills activities focusing on wellbeing. If you want to attend or refer someone who may be in need of connection and support, please contact [email protected] or come along to Wolves Lane, N22 5JD on Tuesdays 12pm-4pm.

U.S. Senators Angus King (I-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced legislation to promote healthy childhoods for children across the United States. The Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (PACE) Act would authorize grants to public health entities for the prevention of negative events during childhood like violence, abuse or neglect. 23 October 2023

Articles & Books
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An article by Elizabeth S. Barnert and colleagues, JAMA Network Open, 25 October 2023.

An article by Karla S. Guerrero and colleagues, Multiple Sclerosis Journal – Experimental, Translational and Clinical, 4 October 2023.

An article by Peter Fonagy,  The Guardian, 2 October 2023.

A book by Stephen W. Porges and Seth Porges, WW Norton & Co. Publisher, 26 September 2023.

A book edited by Emily Jaworski Koriath, Rowman & Littlefield Publisher, 26 August 2023.

An article by Franziska Kohler-Daune and colleagues, Child Abuse & Neglect, 14 July 2023.

An article by Glenn R. Schiraldi Ph.D., part of a series on adverse childhood experiencesPsychology Today, 12 July 2023.

A Dot of Inspiration

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"When a child who is learning to walk stumbles, loving caregivers exclaim, “You are learning to walk. That’s wonderful!” They don’t scold or berate the child. Similarly, you can learn a new habit: the joy of responding to difficult times with caring thoughts for yourself."

~ Glenn Schiraldi

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Disclaimer: News for Action is a collection of initiatives and information shared by members and collaborators of the London ACEs Hub (LAH).

The LAH is an independent and non-partisan network and the opinions here presented might not represent the LAH. All items included in this newsletter aim to promote constructive discussion as well as personal and collective development.

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