OPFS responds to new research on adverse childhood experiences
One in ten Scots children experience multiple traumatic life events such as parental separation, bereavement or neglect says Edinburgh study.
Research launched today, by the University of Edinburgh, looks at the occurrence of seven types of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’S) which are linked with a range of poorer health and social outcomes throughout a person’s life. Included in the list is ’parental separation’. Marion Davis, Head of Policy at OPFS, says we should question the fact that parental separation is on the ACE’s list of events that could put children at risk in later life. She said:
“Recent research debunks myths about single parents and shows there is no evidence of a negative impact of living in a single parent household on children’s wellbeing, regarding self-reported life satisfaction, quality of peer relationships, or positivity about family life. Whether a child lives in in a one or a two parent household and there is abuse, and neglect or domestic violence then it’s is possible that things would mount up. However a focus solely on ACE’s doesn’t shine a light on the structural barriers trapping so many single parent families in poverty – expensive inflexible childcare; a benefits system which traps parents in poverty and the lack of family friendly jobs that pay the living wage.”