​Early intervention is a key area of business that Devon & Cornwall police are exploring as part of the evidence based policing being led through the Prevention Department.

We know early intervention is already taking place within policing and with partners. The work which will be undertaken by the Prevention Department will be based on theories such as the Adverse Child Experience, enabling us to identify and safeguard the most vulnerable within our communities and divert them from the Criminal Justice System or from becoming victims. This work will focus on strong and critical partnership working across both public and private sectors.

Latest News

Early intervention services ‘unable to cope’ as lockdown measures lift (16/06/2020)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Police need ACE training to better understand impact of child violence, study says (01/05/2020)
Source: Children and Young People Now
How does a traumatic event impact child behaviour? (10/04/2020)
Source: Times Education Supplement
ACE guidelines ‘not a quick fix’ for treating trauma (26/02/2020)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Living in poverty ‘increases risk of childhood trauma’ (25/02/2020)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Five ways to help students with ACEs handle Christmas (28/11/2019)
Source: Times Education Supplement

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What are Adverse Child Experiences?

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that can have negative, lasting effects on health and well-being. Studies from the 90’s identified that there are ten Adverse Childhood Experiences which could lead to negative impact on individuals which are:

  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Physical neglect
  • Emotional neglect
  • Mother treated violently
  • Household substance abuse
  • Household mental illness
  • Parental separation or divorce
  • Incarcerated household member