A new report, published by Public Health Wales today (03.06.21) suggests that when health visitors enquire about caregiver’s adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) as part of their routine visits, a series of positive benefits are found by all parties.
These include supporting the mental and physical health of the caregiver, and developing an enriched relationship between health visitor and caregiver that results in the caregiver being more likely to feel comfortable discussing other issues in the future.
Commissioned by the Welsh Government, this report builds on a previous pilot scheme conducted in Anglesey. This larger scale report used a trainer-facilitator to work with Health Visitors (HVs) at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Swansea Bay University Health Board to design and deliver an approach to asking, mothers and fathers about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) within routine health visiting contacts (known as ‘ACE enquiry’). Public Health Wales was commissioned to evaluate this mid-scale pilot programme.
Key findings from the study were: