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Updated to include new discussions on adverse childhood experiences or ACEs, such as informed research, practice, and support.

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date: 27 January 2020

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School age children are negotiating numerous developmental tasks across distinct lines of development. Social workers recognize that this development is taking place within the context of culture and systems and are oriented toward assisting the most vulnerable members of society. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are connected to later in life health risk behaviors and serious medical, mental health, and substance abuse problems. The social work profession is poised to work comprehensively in supporting healthy child development and intervening when development has been derailed by ACEs. This builds human capital, which is profitable to society.

Keywords: school age, child development, adverse childhood experiences, multiple lines of development, culture, systems, human capital

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