Understanding vulnerability and being trauma informed ​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

Increased Focus On Prevention And Early Intervention (20/08/2021)
Source: Russell Webster
Kate Middleton launches Centre for Early Childhood (18/06/2021)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Early intervention investment could save councils £7bn, researchers say (15/04/2021)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Most children in youth justice system have suffered trauma, research suggests (26/03/2021)
Source: Children and Young People Now
Punishing Abuse: Children in the West Midlands Criminal Justice System (12/03/2021)
Adverse Childhood Experience Trauma Informed Multi-agency Early Action Together (ACE TIME) training: A 15-month police and partners (22/12/2020)

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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