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. Our courses can be delivered on-site and tailored to your specific needs.


Anita Dunford, BACP Counsellor

“This course is a must do.”

Our training can help your staff to understand about the impacts of trauma and prevent the re-traumatisation of clients in service settings that are meant to support and assist healing. Find out more about trauma-informed practice
What is trauma-informed practice?

We offer a range of training options

  • One-day course – Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA). This is aimed at organisations working on a daily basis with adult survivors, such as police, healthcare staff and social care teams. The course is capped at 20 places and can be delivered at a location and venue of your choice.We also run this course quarterly at our London office, for those who wish to book an individual place. Details below
  • Half-day course – this is aimed at front line staff in settings where there is a high likelihood of receiving disclosures of childhood abuse in person or by phone. This course has been well received by councils, solicitors, schools and community organisations supporting vulnerable adults
  • E-learning course. ‘Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way’ is accredited by the RSPH, 5 hours CPD . Suitable for counsellors, healthcare and social care professionals and those in the criminal justice sector. Provides knowledge about the impacts of child abuse in adulthood, greater confidence when working with abuse survivors and an introduction to trauma-informed practices. See our online learning page
  • Find out more RSPH accreditation

  • We also offer bespoke training. Drop us a line if you’d like to discuss your needs
  • Download our free support line poster (see the end of this page) or drop us a line if you would like some NAPAC support line wallet cards which you can give to service users
  • Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA)

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    Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) is a specialist NAPAC training initiative, which was originally set up with funding from the Home Office.

    The course is aimed at organisations whose staff work with adult survivors of child abuse, those managing staff who do, and those commissioning services. We also offer it to individual professionals working with abuse survivors.

    We have successfully trained NHS staff, police forces, safeguarding teams, health and social care organisations, council staff and private and public institutions and have received 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 and trauma-informed service which meets the needs of survivors.

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

    What you will gain

    • Knowledge about the impact of abuse on the brain and body (thoughts, emotions, behaviours)
    • Deeper awareness of how survivors of abuse experience themselves, others and the world
    • Skills to recognise and respond appropriately to trauma-related stress reactions
    • Knowledge to prevent retraumatisation of survivors in service settings
    • Trauma-informed approaches to communicate and work collaboratively and effectively with survivors – in person, on the phone or in writing
    • Awareness of vicarious trauma and how to guard against it


    Upcoming SASCA Training Workshops for Individual Professionals

    The following training sessions are scheduled for 2019 in London. Please click on the dates to view details and book tickets.

    We may add workshops in other locations over the year. Please keep checking back or follow us on social media.


    Friday, 27 September 2019  SOLD OUT 

    Friday, 22 November 2019 

    We will soon be announcing new dates for training workshops in 2020. These will be announced here.

    If you would like us to contact you directly about upcoming training sessions, please email us at . 

    SASCA Testimonials

    “I just did the day training in London. As a counsellor in training it was so useful to receive professional support from such a wonderful organisation. It really equips new therapists like myself to be good therapists for our survivor clients.” Claire Alison

    “Whilst the subject matter can be upsetting, I found the event very informative and delivered with such energy. I was trained as a counsellor on an accredited course with very little training in supporting clients who have been exposed to abuse. And although no course can cover all aspects of what a client may present with, many have had relational problems in childhood. This course is a must do.” Anita Dunford, BACP Counsellor

    “I would recommend this training and rate it highly. It had a profound effect on me.” Maggie Hall, Sirona Health & Social Care

    E-learning testimonials

    “Recently completed this course, found it very insightful with great resources.”

    “I found the course to be well balanced and extremely informative. The content included information to which I have previous knowledge of as well as deepening my understanding.”

    “It was very thought provoking. I reflected on my own childhood, what I did with my children, my mother and clients dealing with trauma in childhood.”

    “I found this course extremely helpful to understand more in depth about trauma and abuse. There are several resources/references that I had not used before which will be beneficial in my learning and practice.”


    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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