Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) interpretation guide for the ACT Kindergarten Health Check (KHC)

Emerging Minds and ANU, Australia, February

The adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) score in the ACT Kindergarten Health Check (KHC) clinical summary provided to General Practitioners is the number of ACEs experienced as reported by parents/guardians. The higher the number of ACEs a child has experienced (regardless of the particular combination of ACEs), the higher the risk of clinically relevant health conditions later in childhood and adult life. Parents/carers are asked in the KHC to report the number of ACEs that have applied to their child (their ACEs ‘score’), but are asked not to identify which specific ones.

This resource includes a schema to provide guidance on clinical management according to score-risk, along with relevant symptomatology.