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- September 2023

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

Sometimes, as our own childhood steadily recedes into the past, and we see childhoods being cut way too short in a tragic and violent manner as we sadly saw happening this past week with Elianne Andam and the 17 year-old boy who has been charged with her senseless murder, we want to ask what has been happening to children and our society. Where can we look for objective trends to reflect and take action?

The Good Childhood report has been published annually over several years, providing benchmarks for estimating how children are feeling and what changes can be discerned in their experience. 

In 2020-21, 10 to 15 year-old children’s ratings of their happiness with their life as a whole, their friends, appearance, school, and schoolwork were all significantly lower than in 2009-10 when the survey began.

Family was the only aspect of life where no significant change in children’s happiness had occurred since the survey started.

In 2023, no less than 10% of children and young people (aged 10 to 17) surveyed had low wellbeing.

The Children’s Society has called for serious government action to reverse these worrying trends which demonstrate yet again the importance of eradicating the blight of unhappy and insecure childhoods. 

We believe, in the London ACEs Hub, that we are all important in this collective effort. The challenges faced by our children go beyond individual and familial factors; they reflect societal, systemic, and structural dynamics and adversities that can be remediated with greater awareness and continued and tenacious determination.

Members taking action!

In this commitment to making positive change, the Hub is organising a large ACEs conference for autumn 2024. Look out for notice of its progress in the months to come, and join our upcoming webinars to get involved in key conversations!

Support our work!

Check the Hub membership scheme and become a member to join our Network Meetings and projects!

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

  • With our conference plans looking bright, we wish to ensure that it provides a good experience for trauma survivors and our diverse communities, regardless of means. We welcome your donations and expert advice from fundraisers who share our values.
  • If you wish to volunteer to help build our social media profile or compile this newsletter, you are also welcome to get in touch! 

Send us a hello if any of these opportunities appeal to you!

Time for News for Action!

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Join our Network!

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


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London ACEs Hub Webinar

This webinar will be an opportunity to hear and reflect upon personal and professional accounts from people with vast insight into the nuances and impact of intersectional Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Specific intersects of education, neurodiversity, mental health and the criminal justice system will be highlighted, alongside how therapeutic interventions can help to understand and counter the impact of intersectional ACEs. For programme, click here.

Location: Online

Date: 19 October 2023 

Cost: Free

Beyond the Hub 

A three-week 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: Tuesdays, 3, 10 and 17 October 2023

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

A brand-new program around the critical issues in trauma therapy promoted by NICABM (National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine).

Location: Online

Date: From 4 October to 2 November 2023

Cost: Free at the time of broadcast or $297 (50% off) for a limited time

Creative Practice is a comprehensive 2-day intensive entry-level workshop for anyone who works with groups or who would like to know how to get started. Through this workshop, you will discover basic skills to facilitate groups and receive a tool-box of easy-to-lead activities that can be used with people of all ages.

Location: Online 

Date: 28 & 29 October 2023

Cost: £90 - £150

A webinar with Key Speaker Claire Marshall, CEO of FearFree, promoted by Public Policy Exchange.
Location: Online

Date: 28 November 2023

Cost: £89 - £249

Thrive LDN has partnered with Nicola Lester Psychological Trauma Consultancy to offer free, pre-recorded trauma-informed practice training to support individuals and organisations.

Location: Online

Date: On demand

Cost: Free


Nexus is a short film drama about the impact of COVID-19 on young people's mental health, eating-related coping strategies, and the power of social connection. The film was co-produced with young people with lived experience, researchers, clinicians, and film makers

as part of a collaboration between Imperial College London, West London NHS Trust and Inner Eye Productions, with funding from The Burdett Trust for Nursing and West London NHS Trust.


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The Children’s Society's annual survey, conducted in May to June this year, offers a very recent snapshot of how children and young people feel about their life as a whole and different aspects of their lives. 

September 2023

An insight infrastructure proposition presented by Aleks Collingwood and published in Inside the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. 22 September 2023

Action & Tools
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A guide to implementation of specialist therapies aiming to support individual recovery from trauma. By Youth Endowment Fund.

Zero Suicide Alliance aims to empower, educate, and equip individuals and organisations to support suicide awareness and prevention. Join the prevention action via this 20-minute suicide awareness training.

It’s time to champion our philosophy and challenge the dominance of medical model pathology, says Louise Wilson. Therapy Today.

Racial Justice
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The Runnymede Trust offers their priorities for racial justice in Britain, including an agenda for transformative policy making which challenges the embedded nature of structural inequalities
in areas such as housing, education, policing and the environment. Central to these policy priorities is their assertion that issues of racial justice can no longer be siloed or used as political tools for division, and that any meaningful efforts to tackle disparities must take a whole systems approach. September 2003

Lived Experience

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A Hidden Sentence is a video created by young people impacted by having a parent in prison, one of the ten adverse childhood experiences (ACE) identified by the original ACE Study. The film was created by Digital Me, working with Nepacs and a group of young people in the north east of England.

Kirsty Capes, author of the upcoming novel, 'Careless', and marketer at publisher HarperCollins, discusses how her childhood experiences in care led to a career in writing.

Shneaqua Purvis shares her lived experience and journey with Laura Esposito,  The Trace.

News & Initiatives
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Themes include the important paper by Sir Michael Marmot on ‘A cure for a broken land’ and a description of current societal adversities of children young people and their families including poor people surviving not living, poor social mobility, schools feeding and clothing children, demands for free school meals, dangerous school buildings and playgrounds crumbling22 September 2023

By Maisha Sumah, chair of the Richmond and Wandsworth Violence Against Women and Girls Forum.

14 September 2023

Articles & Books
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Why does a society need to focus on ensuring children have warm, attentive relationships with adults? Why is that crucial for healthy emotional development? These are the questions Simon Partridge and Suzanne Zeedyk addressed in a set of papers they published in 2021. Because the articles appeared in an academic journal, many members of the public missed their publication. This document was created in 2023 in order to help a wider audience share in discussions about the links between the sciences of ACEs and attachment. By Suzanne Zeedyk and Simon Partridge, August 2023.

This sensitively written and beautifully illustrated storybook and guide by Mine Conkbayir provides children (aged 7+) and the adults who support them with the resources to understand Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and demonstrate how speaking with children can foster healing and recovery from trauma. Routledge, 20 July 2023.

An article by Glenn Schiraldi, Psychology Today, 16 August 2023.

This timely book offers a fresh perspective on how to effectively address the issue of unequal access to healthcare. It analyses the human right to health from the underexplored legal principle of solidarity, proposing a non-commercial understanding of the positive obligations inherent in the right to health. By Eduardo Arenas Catalán. Elgar Studies in Health and the Law, Open Access book, 22 June 2021.

An article by Nadia Butler and colleagues, BMC Medicine, 16 November 2020.

An article by Genevive Meredith and colleagues, Frontiers in Psychology, 14 January 2020.

A Dot of Inspiration

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Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

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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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