Adoption UK welcomes the Science & Technology Select Committee's call for a national strategy to tackle the impact of childhood adversity and trauma.

Adoption UK responded to the Committee's call for evidence in December last year with research indicating that the prevalence of ACEs among adopted children could be five times that of the general population.

The Committee's report recommends the Government capitalises on opportunities for early intervention to transform the lives of those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Specific recommendations include proactive identification of individuals and families who could benefit from early intervention and training of the 'early years workforce' to help deliver interventions.

The report also highlights the challenges facing local authorities across England in delivering high quality and timely support. The suggested remedies are increased funding and support from central Government, and a shift away from interventions when families are at crisis point towards earlier interventions.

Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the Committe, said: "Early intervention offers young people who have suffered adversity in their childhood an opportunity to avoid the long-term problems associated with such experiences. When delivered effectively, there is strong evidence that early intervention can dramatically improve people's lives, whilst also reducing long-term costs to the Government.

"During our inquiry, we have seen examples of good practice being delivered around the country, but a national strategy with co-ordinated support for local authorities could see the transformative benefits of early intervention offered to all children who need it, irrespective of where they live."

Adoption UK’s chief executive, Dr Sue Armstrong Brown said: "Adoptive families need support from the moment their child comes home. Too often, traumatised children who do not get the right support at the right time grow into troubled adults. Failing to intervene early enough has a very high human and financial cost. Getting it right is good for children, their families and society.

"One of the places ACEs play out most strongly is at school. With the right training and support, teachers can play a vital role in mitigating the effects of ACEs and giving traumatised children an equal chance to learn and thrive.

"The report also highlights serious gaps in understanding about the impact of therapeutic intervention. More research is urgently needed, to ensure practitioners are confidently giving children the right sort of support. The Select Committee has identified issues with practice resulting from shortfalls in resources and training, and families are suffering as a result."