Taking a Place Based Approach to ACEs

Adverse Childhood Experiences


2nd October 2018


Kirsty Mooney

Our Manchester

Taking a Place Based Approach to ACEs with Manchester City Council

Will a deeper level of engagement and understanding of the root causes of behaviours rather than “treating” presenting behaviours make the current intervention offer work better?

Manchester City Council are investing in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in the context of trauma informed practice in one ward of the city – Harpurhey.  A 12 month place based pilot started in August 2018 to help staff from all public and Voluntary and Community Sector services, better understand ACEs.

Staff who provide operational frontline delivery in Harpurhey are being trained, coached and developed to offer a trauma informed approach to engaging with current and future service users/people with lived experience.

The organisations who are taking part in this new, integrated model of workforce reform include Integrated Neighbourhood Teams, Police, GPs, Youth Services, Voluntary and Community Sector, Health and Social, Substance Misuse Services, Early Help, Fire and Rescue, Mental Health Services, Domestic Violence and Abuse Services, Early Years Services, Health Visiting, Nurseries, Schools (primary and secondary) and a College.

The project is being evaluated and will test whether having a trauma informed workforce at place level (not particular organisations) allows the workforce to engage on a deeper level with service users/people with lived experience. 

Rock Pool have been commissioned to deliver 16 full day ACE Awareness and Routine Enquiry Training and 8 half day ACE Awareness and Impact Training courses to between 500 and 600 staff who work in Harpurhey.

Once the training has been completed and is informing practice Rock Pool will work with Manchester City Council to develop a cohort of Train the Trainers. Their role will be to act as advocates in their organisation and sector, and deliver the training on a wider scale.

The project emphasises the Our Manchester approach of recognising strengths of individuals and community, of working together and improving lives.

If you want to know more about this project please contact Gareth Nixon, Project Manager on gareth.nixon@manchester.gov.uk

If you want to know more about the training Rock Pool are delivering please contact Kirsty Mooney, Director of Business on kirsty@rockpool.life 

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