Adversity and trauma can have a significant impact on health and wellbeing. There is an extensive evidence base which shows the impact of childhood experiences on child development and later life outcomes. Ensuring housing services and policy are appropriately informed is important so that we can respond and importantly, where possible, prevent adversity.
In 2018 a multi-agency working group comprising of NHS Health Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland ihub, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and Glasgow and West of Scotland Forum of Housing Associations hosted a series of events to further explore the role of the housing sector in the prevention and mitigation of ACEs and trauma. Using the ‘Resilience’ documentary as a platform for discussion, this group worked together to host a ‘roadshow’ of events across the country. The events involved a screening of the film Resilience, a panel discussion with representatives from across housing and public health, followed by table top discussions with participants.
Feedback from these events has been captured in a report which is intended to stimulate discussion by setting out the points which arose from these discussions with colleagues working within the housing sector. This includes recognising current good practice in preventing and responding to childhood adversity; identifying opportunities to share practice; understanding the support needs of colleagues working within the housing sector to develop their resilience, skills and expertise in this area; and seeking opportunities to influence policy and practice in order to continue to deliver services which improve outcomes for our communities.