Isle of Wight councillor describes children who’ve experienced trauma as possible ‘future prisoners’

Cllr Churchman warned that if children who have experienced trauma are not helped at an early age, they could be future prisoners

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An Isle of Wight councillor has described children who have been mistreated, or lived in a volatile home environment, as ‘future prisoners.’

At a scrutiny meeting yesterday (Tuesday), where members discussed the latest report published by the Island’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Conservative Cllr Vanessa Churchman, who represents Havenstreet, Ashey and Haylands, asked about measures in place to help those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Churchman: “Possible prisoner population”
There are several ACE categories including mistreatment, a volatile home environment, substance misuse, domestic abuse and mental health issues — which can have a long-lasting impact on children as they grow up.

Cllr Churchman said:

“If we don’t catch these children at an early age, then we have our future possible prisoner population.”

Preventing adverse experiences reduces risk of imprisonment
A study found children who had experienced four or more ACEs, compared with those who had not experienced any, were seven times more likely to be involved in violence and 11 times more likely to have been imprisoned or used heroin or cocaine.

Data from the same study said preventing ACEs could reduce the risk of imprisonment by 53 per cent.

Brind: No quick solution
Isle of Wight Police Chief Inspector, Rob Brind, said a long-term approach to tackling the issue was being explored.

He said:

“This is about identifying children as early as possible in their life to try to divert them.

“We know all these factors will have an impact on a child and we are working within the CSP and with the children’s safeguarding board — putting things in place to stop that impact happening.

“We are thinking about a long-term strategy around ACEs. It’s not something we are likely to see happen within the next one or two years as this is a process, it is something we are working on.”

The CSP said evidence suggested childhood trauma was strongly associated with a range of medical, psychology and social problems, and greater awareness of ACEs was increasingly important in supporting people and preventing crime.

Data collected in 2016 found late intervention when people had suffered ACEs cost Isle of Wight services £40 million.

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Alternative Perspective

Well given that 9years of Tory rule has resulted in wide spread child poverty and the social conditions instrumental in creating family trauma and stress I am sure Cllr Churchman agrees with me that the most productive way forward is to get rid of this uncaring Conservative Government.


I worry you’re going to be devastated when the Tory’s win again.

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Thanks for your concern ukdave, but the Tory’s will only win with the help of idiots, one has to hope the public aren’t totally stupid.


Ha ha. So all the members of the public who had the largest vote in 2017 are all idiots. And when there’s a bigger majority this time, they will all be idiots too.

I think you’ll have to come up with a better theory than that :)

Mark L Francis

Works for me.

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I think you might be a little confused ukdave, and talking about Boris dead in a ditch with Brexit, whereas I’m not, I’m more concerned about the destruction of the social fabric the Tory’s have inflicted on our Country.

Put a lot more money in social care (to help afflicted parents), schools (to spot and spend time with children showing signs of being affected), and prisons (Just look at Norway – re-habilitation has been proven to work so well that Norway’s prison population is virtually non-existent). More money into Police too. Yes Vanessa Churchman, all the things your Government has ripped to shreds now needs to… Read more »