The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse—physical, sexual, emotional and neglect.

We at NAPAC know that any abuse or neglect of a child can have a deep impact throughout life if left unacknowledged and untreated. Abuse suffered years or decades ago continues to harm the lives of millions of adults today.

We believes that every individual has the right to leave the impact of childhood abuse behind, grow as a person and enjoy a happy and fulfilled life.Survivors of childhood abuse can be empowered and supported to do just that. There are proven ways to help.

NAPAC runs a free national phone line offering supportive listening for up to 30 minutes and signposting to longer-term assistance and counselling in the voluntary, statutory or private sector. The line is run by trained staff and volunteers. Funding permitting, we also offers psycho-educational support groups in England and Wales, aimed at empowering survivors to take charge of their recovery from the effects of childhood abuse.

In addition, we offers training and consultancy for health and social care professionals, counsellors and therapists, police forces, religious and educational institutions, the media and any other organisations or individual practitioners likely to engage with survivors of abuse.  Our website contains information and resources for survivors and professionals, email support and fundraising activities.  Finally, NAPAC advocates on behalf of survivors to those who are in a position to bring about change, including to the media..


About this Course


To equip professionals with knowledge about the impacts of child abuse in adulthood and fundamental skills to engage with adult abuse survivors in a way that is empowering and guards against re-traumatisation.


Who can benefit from taking this course?

Anyone engaging with adult survivors of child abuse in a professional capacity.

Please note: this course does not qualify you to work with individuals in a counselling capacity unless you also hold further experience and/or qualifications to do so.


What you will learn

  • Recognise and describe the impact of child abuse on emotional, mental, social and physical health in adulthood
  • Recognise and mitigate stress reactions and trauma triggers
  • Identify and explain common coping mechanisms
  • Receive first disclosures of abuse with greater confidence
  • Empower and support survivors in their recovery


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course provides 5 hours of CPD and is certified by NAPAC. It is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

You can start the course any time you like and complete it in as many sittings as you like.


Do I need to submit any written work?

The learning is self-directed. You do not need to submit any work, as your knowledge will be tested in exercises throughout the course and in a final quiz at the end.

PLEASE NOTE: in order to have the best experience when completing the final quiz, we recommend using a desktop computer or laptop rather than a mobile phone or tablet.


What will I need to get the best out of the course?

  • Notebook as you will be asked to note your thoughts and reflections, which you may find useful to refer to in future.
  • Headphones/earphones/computer speaker as there are videos to watch.
  • A suitable location in which to study as you are required to complete a quiz at the end of the course, which you will have 3 attempts to pass. A score of 70% is required for certification.


What if the course brings up certain thoughts and feelings for me; who can I talk to?

Thinking and learning about childhood abuse will certainly be difficult for some people. If you are affected by any of the course content, please call NAPAC’s support line on 0808 801 0331 and talk to someone. We offer a free confidential listening service on calls of up to half an hour and can signpost you towards services that may be available in your area for longer term support. Our support line is open from 10am-9pm Mon-Thu and 10am-6pm on Fridays.

If you need to talk to someone outside of NAPAC’s opening hours, you can call the Samaritans 24/7 365 days a year on 116 123.


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