We need to improve the support offered to adult survivors of child abuse. Investing in training is a successful and cost-effective way to do this.


Maggie Hall, Safeguarding Adults Coordinator, Sirona Care & Health

“I would recommend this training and rate it highly. It had a profound effect on me”

NAPAC’s Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) one-day training course is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). 


New one-day training course for individual professionals working with adult survivors

We are now offering our specialist one-day training course, Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA), to individuals working with people who suffered any type of abuse or neglect in childhood. Until now SASCA has only been available to organisations.

The course is aimed at any professional who directly engages with adult survivors in any setting or capacity, for example healthcare professionals, social workers, counsellors, therapists, GPs, police officers or outreach and support workers. It is also suitable for those studying a relevant subject, to deepen their knowledge about the impacts of child abuse into adulthood.

Date: Sat 2 Dec 2017
Location: London, EC2A
Book by 31 Oct for an early bird discount.
For more details and to book your place go to Eventbrite.


Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA)

Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) is a specialist NAPAC training initiative, which was set up with funding from the Home Office. This one-day course is aimed at organisations whose staff work with adult survivors of child abuse, those managing staff who do, and those commissioning services.

We have successfully trained NHS staff, police, safeguarding teams and voluntary sector organisations, with excellent feedback from these groups.

Our SASCA training provides delegates with an understanding of the enduring impacts of childhood abuse in adulthood, so that they feel confident in offering a supportive service which meets the needs of survivors.


What the course covers 

  • Types of childhood abuse
  • Impact of abuse on the adult mind, body, memory, emotions and behaviour
  • Common survival strategies and coping mechanisms
  • Post-traumatic stress reactions
  • Vicarious trauma


What you will gain

  • A deeper understanding of the different types of child abuse and the broad range of effects in adulthood
  • Best practice in inviting, listening or responding to disclosure
  • Best practice in supporting, assessing or interviewing abuse survivors
  • Best practice in responding to flashbacks, dissociation and other stress reactions experienced by survivors
  • Increased knowledge, confidence and skill in working with clients who disclose childhood abuse
  • An understanding of how to recognise and guard against vicarious trauma
  • How safeguarding can be achieved most effectively


Half day training

This course is aimed at frontline staff where’s there’s a high likelihood of receiving disclosures of childhood abuse, such as GPs, police call handlers, homeless outreach and addiction services.
NAPAC’s half-day training course flyer



The only pre-course requirement for delegates is that they have openness to emotive material and a willingness to learn and practice new skills.

We take block bookings from organisations to train up to 20 people in one session. Please contact or telephone 020 7614 1801.


NAPAC can help you develop bespoke training for your organisation, provide speakers for conferences and more. Get in touch to find out more regarding costs and availability.

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