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Wales: disclosing ACEs forges better bonds with HVs

23 July 2021

A study commissioned by the Welsh Government reveals that positive benefits are gained by all parties when health visitors enquire about caregivers’ adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) at routine visits.

Feedback provided by four in every five caregivers agreed that their HV got to know them better by asking about ACEs, and 85% suggested the intervention had made them more likely to discuss other issues with their HV in the future.

85% suggested the intervention had made them more likely to discuss other issues

Despite concerns from HVs that the offer of ACE enquiry would receive a negative response, the proposal was well received, with nine out of 10 caregivers agreeing to take part in the pilot.

More than 40% of caregivers with ACEs said the study was the first time they had told a professional or service about these experiences, with first disclosure most common among male caregivers (55.1% of males with ACEs).

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