PACES = POSITIVE & ABUNDANT CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES is the Buddy Care way of giving a rallying cry to doing things the right Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) way, so as to build resilience in communities and minimise ACEs.


ACES = ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES is the globally recognised term given to all types of abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences that occur in individuals under 18. 

ACE’s-Too-High ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that harm children’s developing brains so profoundly that the effects show up decades later; they cause much of chronic disease, most mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.

“ACEs” comes from the CDC-Kaiser Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a ground-breaking public health study that discovered that childhood trauma leads to the adult onset of chronic diseases, depression and other mental illness, violence and being a victim of violence. The ACE Study has published about 70 research papers since 1998. Hundreds of additional research papers based on the ACE Study have also been published”.

Wikipedia: study has been analyzed extensively,is frequently cited as a notable landmark in epidemiological research,and has produced more than 50 scientific articles and more than 100 conference and workshop presentations that look at the prevalence and consequences of ACEs.



World Health Organisation Childhood Experiences (ACE) refer to some of the most intensive and frequently occurring sources of stress that children may suffer early in life. Such experiences include multiple types of abuse; neglect; violence between parents or caregivers; other kinds of serious household dysfunction such as alcohol and substance abuse; and peer, community and collective violence."


Is anybody doing anything with this research?

It’s catching on like wildfire around the world. Now it’s time for RSA to catch up!


“Many people, organizations, agencies and systems are beginning to implement practices based on ACEs research.


Community Resilience Cookbook (nine case studies of cities and states that are integrating ACEs research)

Roadmap to Resilience infographic and the text that describes the steps along the roadmap that communities take to become trauma-informed to to build resilience.

What does trauma-informed mean?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAHMSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a trauma-informed approach refers to how an organization or community thinks about and responds to children and adults who have experienced or may be at risk for experiencing trauma. In this approach, the whole community understands the prevalence and impact of ACEs, the role trauma plays in people’s lives, and the complex and varied paths for healing and recovery.

A trauma-informed approach asks: “What happened to you?” instead of “What’s wrong with you?” It is designed to avoid re-traumatizing already traumatized people, with a focus on “safety first” (including emotional safety), and a commitment to do no harm.


SAMHSA overview of what trauma-informed is and isn’t

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care” 

For more information please o to the source of this fantastic visual aid: