Both of the seminars below are fully booked

Two forthcoming Centre for Research on Families and Relationships seminars on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and resilience. Both seminars are FREE to attend and open to all. 

We especially welcome those working outside academia to join us. 

ACEs, resilience and the early years – Ariane Critchley and Dr Lynn McNair

Monday 25th February 2019, 12.30-2pm
Room 3.3 Lister Learning & Teaching Centre, 5 Roxburgh Place, Edinburgh  EH8 9SU

The early years and early intervention are a cornerstone of Scottish policy, with investment being a key route to preventing problems later in life and improving Scotland’s social problems. The growing interest in ACEs and resilience-led interventions have provided an opportunity to re-focus on the importance of early experiences on later outcomes. In this seminar we will discuss how ACE aware practice is shaping early years and childcare settings, and what this means for children, families and professional learning.  Ariane Critchley, will examine the ways child protection social work with unborn babies and their expectant mothers has been informed by current discourses around ACES, opening up the difficult conversation about why and how the state should intervene to prevent harm. Dr Lynn McNair was Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre in Edinburgh and is now a Senior Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education.  Lynn will talk about the ways discourse on ACEs and resilience is shaping early childhood practice, and in particular its relationship to, and impact on, Froebalian principles.


Adverse Childhood Experiences? Gendered dimensions and feminist perspectives – Professor Jane Callaghan

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 12.30pm-2pm
Room LG.09, David Hume Tower, Edinburgh  

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) model promotes a cumulative model of developmental trauma that suggests that the more ACES a child experiences, the more likely they are to experience negative health, mental health and educational outcomes.  In this seminar, Professor Jane Callaghan will explore the value inherent in this model (particularly in terms of popularising an understanding of the potential impact of trauma on children’s lives), but also consider its limitations, as a model that is individualist, and overly dependent on a neurodevelopmental account. In particular, the seminar will highlight the gendered assumptions and implications of the model, exploring ACES through an intersectional feminist lens. 

If you would like to attend either seminar please email  to register. 

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