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June 2024

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

New Parliament, New Opportunities

This newsletter arrives with the Summer Solstice and within a day of a General Election. The new parliament will be packed with new faces, eager to get to work. It will be full of opportunities to spread fresh ideas about what really counts, especially preventing children from suffering and toxic stress.

The whole sector labouring to address community and individual adversities should be aware that a new field of action will open up, and it must take every opportunity to point out the effects of cumulative toxic stress which has for so long been rising. Whether those discussions deliver genuinely ‘new times’ will depend on much that will unfold in due course; what’s clear is the need to raise our voices and act.

Summer in England is never quite what we expect, but it teaches us to appreciate the warm moments when nature seems to smile. Look out for references later to reviving our relationship with nature!

Welcome to our latest webinar on YouTube

Our LAH webinar on Transforming Children’s Services shows the power of a transdisciplinary approach to address and prevent ACEs, a good reminder of the possibilities for positive change in these challenging times.

Beginning and ending on a jovial musical note – check out below to join the rhythm!

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Time for News for Action!

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London ACEs Hub

We are delighted to share the recording of our latest webinar with Arnon Bentovim and Jenny Gray. The event focused on raising awareness of Transdiagnostic Modular approaches across services to address the complex needs of children, young people, and their families, to prevent ACEs and toxic stress. Lots of food for thought and action! Enjoy :).

Beyond the Hub

An event promoted by the London Safeguarding Children Partnership.  
Date: 3 July 2024

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Come along for 20 workshops, a stalls market and a ‘families at the festival’ zone. Enjoy discussions, networking and learning about creative solutions for a sustainable, healthy future.

Date: 7 July 2024

Location: Cecil Sharp House 2 Regent's Park Rd, NW1 7AY London

Cost: From £15. Children go free.

A free summer series by leading international experts, aiming to resource and equip those working with trauma.

Promoted by St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Dates: 9 to 11 July 2024

Location: Online

Cost: Free

The Trusted Youth Allies offer free training which is committed to establishing a secure and nurturing space for young individuals who have been victims of crime.

Date: 16 July 2024

Location: Online

Cost: Free

An event promoted by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Date: 18 July 2024

Location: Online

Cost: Free

This online training course will provide learners with an opportunity to develop a detailed understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Accredited level 2 qualification.

Date: On demand

Location: Online

Cost: Free

Open your mind to transformative and insightful approaches to trauma and mental health from thought-leaders such as Gabor Maté, Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, John & Julie Gottman, Linda Thai, Frank Anderson and many more, all set against the backdrop of the University of Oxford.

Date: 11 - 14 September 2024

Cost: £649 in-person, £450 Immersion day package, and £329 virtual access


Restorative justice trainer Tim Chapman discusses the healing power of honouring each other’s stories. By Nonviolence Radio, 4 June, 2024.

Video introduction to Our Time’s, Kids Time workshops, showing the impact that poverty, inadequate housing and insecure employment can have on parents’ mental health, and on their children’s wellbeing and ability to survive. By Thrive London, May 2024.

Videos of workshops on attachment theory run by Graham Johnston. Promoted by The Bowlby Centre, 2020. £40 per video, or all 4 videos for £120.00.


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Summary and full report on the ACEs Aware initiative in California 2019-2023, the first-in-the-nation initiative to promote early detection and intervention for ACEs and toxic stress. May 2024.

This election year marks a crucial juncture when we evaluate our national priorities: few would argue against the health of our children being high up the list. To date, children’s dietary health has not been taken sufficiently seriously. By The Food Foundation, June 2024.

Expansion of funded early years childcare must focus on children aged 1 and 2, and be designed to reduce poverty as well as costs. By Jack Evans and Carla Cebula, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 25 April 2024.

National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. Harvard University, 2024.

Action & Tools
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Awaken Genius is a fun and exciting free programme for Black children that will be hosted at Ferry Lane Primary School in Haringey this summer.  The programme is open to selected current Year 4 and 5 pupils. There are limited spaces - Hurry up to register your interest!

A visual tool to display research findings and help build understanding of ACEs and mental health. By Rebecca Lacey and Dawid Gondek, University College London, 2021.

Two forensic psychologists talk to people who have received court sentences for their crimes to understand what drove them to offend, and crucially, what might help them change. BBC Sounds.

Cost of living research

Cambridge University are undertaking research into the impact of changes within the UK over the past few years such as Brexit and COVID, and how these have impacted the economy and cost of living.

For more information, and to be interviewed, contact Farhana Ghaffar at [email protected].

Research on Training for Mental Health Nurses

A Ph.D researcher is investigating how current levels of university training adequately equip Mental Health Nurses to deal with disclosures and ongoing support of adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). For more information and to take part, contact Fiona Ellis at [email protected].

Research and lived experience demonstrate the benefits of nature to building resilience and preventing the negative impacts of ACEs. There’s true pleasure in being able to identify and value the trees you see, and London has lots of them! Check out this free guide by London Wildlife Trust.

Racial Justice
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Interview with science journalist Layal Liverpool about her new book, ‘Systemic: How Racism is Making Us Ill’. By Ian Tucker, The Observer, 25 May 2024.

Insightful video by Anti Racist Cumbria, highligting remarks, questions, or actions often done casually yet resulting in harm and perpetuation of discrimination. Recognise. Stop retraumatisation. Do your part.

Lived Experience

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Father’s Day, a celebration of paternal bonds and the enduring influence of fathers, evokes a spectrum of emotions. By Mpume Mpofu, June 16 2024.

Lived experience member Gareth who attended the roundtable shares his thoughts on the value of lived experience in policymaking. By Revolving Doors, 8 April 2024.

A moving, honest memoir from broadcaster and journalist Ashley John-Baptiste about growing up in the British care system.

Gerard Gorman faced unimaginable horror as an 11-year-old boarder in County Armagh. The pain haunted him for decades – then he took on the church. By , The Guardian, 25 June 2024.

News & Initiatives
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Special Interest Group Newsletter detailing events, reports and initiatives on ACEs including discussion of health, intervention, neurobiology. By The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, June 2024.

By Katharine Swindells,  Inside Housing, 17 May 2024.

Introducing REACH (Researching Effective Approaches for Children), a Foundations project which it believes could transform domestic abuse services. It will start with thorough academic research assessing the effectiveness of six projects, including For Baby's Sake. By Alison Holt, BBC News. 7 May 2024.

Thinking differently manifesto has five asks – driven by science, and what a team of Young Champions identify as the most helpful to transform the mental health of a generation. By Anna Freud Centre, 17 April 2024.

By Bethan McKernan, The Guardian, 14 April 2024.

Articles & Books
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A book by Dr Felicity de Zulueta, Leonor de Escoriaza, Jayshree Unadkat & Monique Notice. Pre-order available.

A book by Dr Galit Atlas.

A book by Suzanne O'Sullivan.

An article by Simon Partridge, June 2024.

An article by Karen Hughes and colleagues. BMJ Open, May 2024.

An article by Hilda Björk Daníelsdóttir and colleagues.

JAMA Psychiatry, March 2024.

An article by Meng-Hsuan Wu and colleagues. BMC Public Health, January 2024.

An article by Micere Keels. Annual Review of Criminology, January 2024.

An article by Simon Barrett and colleagues. Trauma Violence and Abuse, January 2024.

An article by Niki Hosseini-Kamkar and colleagues.  JAMA Network Open. November 2023.

An article by Mara L. van der Hoeven and colleagues. Child and Family Social Work, May 2023.

An article by Grace Sultani and colleagues. Trauma Violence and Abuse, April 2023.

An article by Jallu Lindblom and Guy Bosmans. Attachment & Human Development, April 2022.

A Dot of Inspiration

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“If the world is to be healed through human efforts, I am convinced it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.”

Joanna Macy

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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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