Early Intervention and Prevention Project - Measuring the extent of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in an offender population
Public Health Wales
National Offender Management Service (NOMS), WHO Europe Prison Health Research and engagement Network (WEPHREN)
Country of intervention
About the project
The Early Intervention and Prevention Project is a two-year project funded through the Police Innovation Fund which aims to break generational cycles of crime and violence. One of the research work streams is a study to measure the extent of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in an offender population.
What does your project involve?
By tailoring existing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire, this research will seek to measure the prevalence of ACEs amongst an offender population and examine associations between ACEs and crime types. The questionnaire will be delivered by members of the research team to eligible offenders. An ACE count will be utilised that categorises participants based on the number of ACEs they report. Prevalence of ACEs will be cross-tabulated against demographic information, family structure, health and lifestyle information, and criminal history.
The research will also explore the understanding of ACEs amongst the criminal justice workforce through face-to-face interviews with prison staff.
The project involves working with the National Prison and Probation Service (NPPS), an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice (MOJ). Dr. Kat Ford is a member of the WHO Europe Prison Health Research & Engagement Network (WEPHREN).
Why are you working there?
It is hoped that this research will inform interventions to break the intergenerational transmission of violence and crime.
The key objectives of the study are to:
-Estimate prevalence of ACEs within the offender population
-Estimate prevalence of ACEs experienced by the children of offenders
-Develop an understanding of any associations between ACEs and criminal justice outcomes
-Understand any associations between ACEs and types of crimes committed
-Understand knowledge on ACEs by the criminal justice workforce
It is anticipated that the study will provide knowledge and understanding to:
-Inform interventions to break the intergenerational transmission of violence and crime, reduce reoffending and improve wellbeing
The main outputs delivered from this project will include:
-A Public Health Wales report
-A peer review academic paper
-An infographic based short report
-A short research summary
-A project review covering lessons learnt specific to carrying out this research in prison settings