Understanding the impacts of adverse childhood experiences and co-designing preventative arts and digital interventions

Led by University of Oxford

This study, run across several sites in England, will explore young people’s experiences and understandings of mental health and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) using various arts-based methods. ​​Adverse childhood experiences include direct experiences of neglect; physical, mental or sexual abuse; adverse household experiences such as violence or substance abuse; and community risks such as poverty and peer victimisation. These potentially traumatic events may have lasting effects on health and well-being.

The project team’s goals are to learn how multiple Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), diverse places and diverse identities shape pathways and outcomes for youth mental health, and develop arts-led interventions to reach young people and the systems around them.

Findings will be summarised, posted and linked here as they happen.


UK Research and Innovation

Programme area

Behavioural science




University of Oxford, University of Falmouth, University of Leeds, University of Kent, University of Greenwich, Kings College London, University College London, Queen Marys University London, Centre for Mental Health, NSPCC, Young People Cornwall

UCL team

Dr Daisy Fancourt