ACELens “Understanding the past, supporting for the future”
Our logo ACELens® reflects the fact that we have a thorough knowledge and understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and use these to inform our day-to-day practices, our policies and the ways in which we support children exposed to ACEs.
“Understanding the past, supporting for the future”
sums up our work and attitude towards children’s life experiences. We are a compassion infused school.
Initial work and research around ACE’s in our school began following the creation of Operation Encompass, a Police and Education early intervention safeguarding scheme which supports children and young people exposed to Domestic Abuse. The impact of Domestic Abuse and its relevance to other ACE’s is significant.
The research around ACE’s supports the vision, mission and aims of our school . The national, local and school agenda which focuses upon ensuring the health, emotional and mental well-being of our children also supports our work as a trauma informed and trauma sensitive school.
We define ourselves as a trauma sensitive school, one in which all children feel safe, secure, welcomed, supported and nurtured and where addressing the impact of trauma on learning and on emotional and mental health and well being is at the centre of our educational mission:
‘A place to grow, where each child is special and every child matters.’
We understand that many of our children will have had traumatic or adverse childhood experiences and we know that these can impact negatively upon a child’s learning, behaviour and relationships in school and later on in life through risk taking behaviours and poor health outcomes. It is our responsibility as a Trauma Sensitive School to mitigate against these experiences.
In 2015 founding members of Augeo, a national Netherlands based child protection charity with an international reputation, visited Torpoint Nursery and Infant School to find out about Operation Encompass.
During the visit and on one of the days we were inspected by OFSTED, they spoke to the OFSTED team describing Torpoint Nursery and Infant school as “The most trauma sensitive school that we have ever visited.”