RSPH has accredited the Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (SASCA) one-day training course provided by the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC).

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.

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.

NAPAC is a national charity which provides support to adults who suffered any type of childhood abuse; physical, sexual, emotional or neglect. NAPAC runs a free telephone support line and email service, survivor support groups, training for professionals and works with others to increase the provision and effectiveness of support for survivors.

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, CEO, NAPAC, 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.”