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Screening unites Lambeth's Children's services work force

On 12 July, over 200 professionals from Lambeth (including health, social care, schools, early years, youth police, housing and VCS) came together to participate in an event looking at the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the detrimental impact that toxic stress can have on health in childhood and beyond.

All of our children in the borough are Lambeth Made. Lambeth Made is a new programme run by Lambeth Council and NHS Lambeth CCG to bring together businesses, families, health and care professionals throughout the borough to support children and young people growing up in Lambeth.

The event featured the documentary film Resilience and a panel session for attendees. Looking at ACEs the audience was introduced to the concept that the child may not remember, but their body remembers. Toxic stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at a greater risk for disease, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and mental health problems, as well as homelessness, prison and early death. Resilience chronicles trailblazers in paediatrics, education and social welfare who are using cutting-edge science and field-tested therapies to protect children from the insidious effects of toxic stress.

Shaff Prabatani, Lambeth Made Co-ordinator/Early Help Support and Practice Lead, said "We want to make Lambeth one of the best places in the world to grow up. By sharing this ground breaking film with professionals we will help transform the way services work, understand with great clarity how trauma affects a child's life and what we can do about it".

The screening was followed by a Q&A with a panel of distinguished experts who shared their insight and reflections on ACEs and how we can best support children, young people and families in Lambeth.

This piece of work is just the start of the Lambeth Made campaign which aims to put families at the centre of a more integrated network of services, with the council, health service, schools, voluntary organisations and police working together to give children the best possible start in life.