22. Conclusion and further reading

Conclusions and further reading


This course covered six topics about abuse in childhood, trauma and recovery:

  1. Context – facts and figures
  2. Understanding abuse
  3. Trauma responses
  4. Psychoeducation
  5. Recovery
  6. Self-care


NAPAC has been listening to and learning from survivors for many years. This course draws on that learning to provide an overview of what survivors have told us they found most useful, including the emotional and physical impacts of abuse, and understanding those impacts to make informed choices for supporting their recovery.

This course has also provided a grounding in what it means to be trauma informed.

Being trauma informed means understanding the impacts of abuse, and other traumatic experiences, to help improve wellbeing and prevent re-traumatisation.

In professional practice, especially in health and law, being trauma informed can lead to better experiences and improved outcomes, more effective ways of working with traumatised people safely, and managing challenges and stress in healthier ways.

A trauma informed approaches encourage trained practitioners to ask “What happened to you?” instead of “What is wrong with you?”. It is about understanding and addressing the causes of the trauma, and giving options for healing and recovery.


Resources for survivors and those supporting survivors

We know at least one in four adults in the UK experienced some sort of abuse in their childhood. NAPAC provides free support services for adult survivors of any kind of childhood abuse, including a free support line and email service, and booklets that are available on our website and are free to supporting survivors.


This link will take you to our website with details of how to contact NAPAC’s support line and download our free booklets:



This link will take you to NAPAC’s page on flashbacks and grounding:



NAPAC’s training

If you regularly work with survivors of childhood abuse, or other people who have experienced trauma, NAPAC’s other e-learning courses will be helpful. NAPAC can also deliver training workshops on a wide range of topics, including specialist practical skills for managing disclosures and vicarious trauma.

This link will take you to NAPAC’s online courses and other training options:




We would welcome feedback on this course to help us continue improving. This link will take you to SurveyMonkey to complete a six question feedback survey:



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