Making Scotland an ACE informed nation

Making Scotland an ACE informed nation

Continuing the conversation at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships

A quick post to say that we have made a start at pulling together published information and evidence on ACEs and resilience into a ‘padlet’. Visit the resources page and click on the image. If there is anything you would like us to add to the padlet, please email Emma (

Dr Ruth Edmonds is a Social Development Consultant at Keep Your Shoes Dirty where she generates local knowledge to help understand people and their lives from their own vantage points and collaboratively design solutions to Social Development problems. Ruth is an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, and is currently supporting CRFR’s Resilience Seminar […]

Rosalind Edwards is Professor of Sociology and a co-director of the National Centre for Research Methods at the University of Southampton.  Along with colleagues she co-authored a written submission and gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on ACEs and early intervention, accessible at:   Written evidence: Oral evidence: […]

Our seminar on 11 March 2019 was led by Professor Jane Callaghan, Director Child Wellbeing & Protection at Stirling University. In the seminar, Jane explored the values inherent in the ACE model and the determinism underpinning how trauma is understood. Using a feminist lens, the gendered assumptions and implications of the model were highlighted. Ostensibly […]

One of our speakers on 25th February 2019 was Ariane Critchley, a lecturer in Social Work at Napier University. Drawing on her recent doctoral research on pre-birth child protection, she examined the complexities of applying child protection processes to unborn children and the experiences of practitioners and of expectant families. In particular she examined the ways child […]

Our seminar on the 25th February we welcomed Dr Lynn McNair, a Senior Teaching Fellow at Moray House School of Education.  At the session, Lynn explored the ways discourse on ACEs and resilience is shaping early childhood practice, and in particular its relationship to, and impact on, Froebalian principles. Drawing on discussions from those in practice, […]

We were lucky to have a wonderful presentation by Dr Amy Chandler at our seminar in December 2018. Several participants asked to see Amy’s presentation again – the link to which was unhelpfully hidden in my summary of the event. So, here is a quick link to Amy’s presentation and slides. In it she examines […]

Professor Ramona Alaggia is a trauma and resilience researcher in social work at the University of Toronto. Her focus of study is in child sexual abuse disclosures, children exposed to intimate partner violence and trauma informed practice. She teaches child and family assessment and treatment and multi-level interventions in the area of violence against women […]

In this blog, we hear about the work of ResiliencebyDesign Research Innovation Lab, an interdisciplinary team of researchers committed to using applied, participatory research with young people.  For more information about ResiliencebyDesign, their vision and projects, visit their website: or check out the overview video here (3 min) Originally posted 23rd January 2019 Introduction  “Where we conduct […]

CRFR co-director Dr Emma Davidson summarises the key themes emerging from our recent seminar reflecting on the emergent ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and resilience agenda in Scotland. Originally posted 11th December 2018 We began a conversation on ACEs and resilience in December 2017 at the seminar, ‘The Troubling Concept of Resilience’, where Dr Eric Carlin and myself […]


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