The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) now accredits the “Working with Adult survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma Informed Way” e-learning programme provided by the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).

This online programme provides accessible training, particularly for healthcare professionals. It explains the impact of child abuse on emotional, mental and physical health in adulthood, and explores common coping strategies and explains how to recognise and mitigate common triggers and stress reactions. 

The RSPH accreditation confirms the quality of the e-learning in meeting its objective. It will enable healthcare professionals to offer a more trauma-informed approach to care, so they can deliver a more compassionate service to survivors whilst reducing their own vicarious trauma. This five-hour CPD course and can be accessed here

Janice Constable, RSPH Director of Educational Services, said: “This e-learning programme provides important training for professionals who may find themselves providing support or services for adults who have experienced childhood abuse. It provides learners with comprehensive background knowledge and helps them to empower adult survivors they may meet during their work.”

Gabrielle Shaw, CEO, NAPAC, said: “We hear regularly from health professionals and counsellors asking for advice on how to support someone who suffered abuse in childhood. We also hear from survivors who are have struggled to access the support they need or have felt re-traumatised by their experiences with health services. This e-learning course will help to share best practice and will hopefully lead to a more trauma-informed approach to service delivery. We’re pleased that our course quality has been recognised by RSPH.”