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Qualification: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences
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Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

Qualification purpose

This Nationally recognised, Level 2 certificate will provide learners with an opportunity to develop an understanding of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) relevant to their current or future roles, and will equip them with a basic understanding of techniques for preventing and addressing ACEs in practice.

Learners should cover the full range of ages but focus on their own experience/age group as appropriate to their work and job roles.

Qualification objectives

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to: 

  • explore childhood and family structures
  • explore ACEs and understand potential outcomes for children enduring ACEs
  • understand the role of the practitioner supporting children impacted by ACEs
  • develop strategies to improve outcomes for children affected by ACEs

Qualification Structure

This qualification consists of three mandatory units. To be awarded this qualification, learners must successfully complete all three units.

What will I learn?


Unit 01 Exploring childhood and family structures

Unit 02 Introduction to adverse childhood experiences

Unit 03 Understand strategies to improve outcomes for children affected by adverse childhood experience

How will I be assessed?

Learners will complete an online portfolio of evidence which is internally assessed and externally moderated. There are no exams with this course.

What may it lead to?

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress to:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Introducing Caring for Children and Young People
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health
  • Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Common Childhood Illnesses
  • Any of the Level 1 or Level 2 distance learning courses

It may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sector areas:

  • Travel and Tourism, Sport, Leisure and Recreation, Retail, Health, Public Services and Care, Arts, Media and Publishing
  • Continual professional development by undertaking any of the online distance learning courses.

Entry Requirements

  • The learner must be 19 years old or over
  • The learner must be born in the U.K or EEA
  • The learner must not be in full-time education
  • The learner must have had permanent lawful residency in the UK/EEA for the last 3 consecutive years
  • Students must have access to the internet and be able to communicate at level 2

Additional Information & Other Costs

Where learners meet the Adult Skills Budget funding requirements, this course is free. Your course should be completed within 8 weeks but when learners withdraw or do not complete, there will be a charge of  £200.

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