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).  If you want to know about the prevalence of child abuse, visit our Key Facts page. 


New one-day training courses 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.

Our one-day SASCA course, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, will run in Leeds on Thu 15 February 2018 and in Nottingham on 17 April 2018. Further courses will run in Cardiff and in London over the following 6 months. Details will be posted on this page.

The SASCA 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: Thursday, 15 February 2018
Location: Leeds, LS2 7PN
Book by 18 January 2018 for an Early Bird discount.
For more details and to book your place go to Eventbrite Leeds NAPAC training course.

Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Location: Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
Book by 16 March for an Early Bird discount
For more details and to book your place go to Eventbrite Nottingham NAPAC training course.

Please get in touch if you’d like us to run training near you. We will deliver courses where demand is strongest.


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.

Our courses are all available for on-site delivery and can be tailored to your specific needs. Please contact or telephone 0203 096 7645.


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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