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Level 2 Certificate in

Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences

This qualification 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 basic understanding of techniques for preventing and addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in practice.

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to progress to a wide range of further learning and job roles such as nursery staff, teachers, health/social workers across health and social care, children and young people, nursing, public services and education and training.

This qualification aims to:

  • focus on the study of ACEs

  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge.


The objectives of this qualification are to enable the learner 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.

Learners are required to successfully achieve 3 mandatory units:

  • Unit 1 - Exploring childhood and family structures

  • Unit 2 - Introduction to adverse childhood experiences

  • Unit 3 - Understand strategies to improve outcomes for children affected by adverse childhood experiences.