NAPAC’s Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) one-day training course has today been accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). The programme explores how to respond sensitively and effectively to first disclosures, survival strategies and coping mechanisms in adults, post-traumatic stress reactions and trauma-informed practices.

RSPH accreditation provides a rigorous independent evaluation of organisational training programmes and demonstrates adherence to the highest standards of training design and the achievement of key learning objectives.

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, RSPH, said: “RSPH is very pleased to be able to support the work of NAPAC through this accreditation. The SASCA training programme is important for anybody who comes into contact with adults who have experienced childhood abuse. This is a very sensitive issue and the training helps to minimise the risk of re-traumatisation of childhood abuse survivors when they are seeking services or support in any type of setting.”

Gabrielle Shaw, NAPAC’s CEO, said: “We’re delighted that the quality of our SASCA training has been recognised by RSPH. This will contribute to the spread of best practice and a more trauma-informed approach to service delivery. We hear regularly from professionals who want advice on how best to support clients who suffered abuse in childhood, so we know there’s a gap in knowledge and confidence.”

The SASCA training course is suitable for professionals such as NHS and safeguarding staff, police, helpline staff, clinical leads, counsellors and social care workers, who are hearing an increasing number of disclosures from adults who were abused in childhood.

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RSPH press release

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