Evaluating the Trusted Adult Worker role to combat Adverse Childhood Experiences

Research Institution / Organisation

College of Policing

In Collaboration With

University of Birmingham

Principal Researcher

John Tse

Level of Research

Professional / Work-based

Project Start Date

February 2019

Research Context

This evaluation project is managed by the Vulnerability and Violent Crime Programme, which was set up by the College of Policing from a grant awarded by the Police Transformation Fund. It is one of eight projects overseen by the programme.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) in Hampshire is coordinating a trauma informed, early intervention focused on young people under 18 years old who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The two parts of the intervention involve:

  1. education and awareness sessions that train public sector agency staff about ACEs and how they can support young people who have experienced multiple ACEs;
  2. recruitment, training and deployment of Trusted Adult Workers (TAWs), who will act as mentors and positive role models to young people, supporting them and their families, and helping them to navigate referral pathways to other services.


The aim of the intervention is to support these young people, helping to build their resilience so that they can attain positive health and social well-being outcomes and avoid any involvement in offending.

The research project will evaluate the implementation of the education/awareness training and measure its impact on the knowledge and attitudes of training attendees. The delivery of services via the TAW role will also be assessed, and the research will assess how effective TAWs are at improving how young people suffering from ACEs gain access to support from various agencies in the county.

A cost-benefit analysis will also attempt to identify any economic benefits of the intervention.

Research Methodology

A multi-method design will be employed, using questionnaires, focus groups and interviews.

Information will be collected on how well the training equips staff in practising an ACEs informed approach, and how TAWs feel about the service, and if possible how helpful the service is perceived by families. Effectiveness of the intervention will determined by changes in awareness and understanding of ACEs, trainer confidence, and resilience and emotional indicators in young people supported by TAWs.

Young persons support by TAWs will be propensity score matched with other young persons who do not receive TAWs support. Both groups will be tracked over a period of time.

Interim reports and publications

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Date due for completion

March 2020
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