The 'Supporting Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse' (SASCA) one day training course

This course explores how to respond sensitively and effectively to first disclosures, survival strategies and coping mechanisms in adults

Training programme details

Childhood abuse has many negative impacts on the adult survivors, including low self-esteem, sexuality and intimacy issues, relationship difficulties, as well as physical and mental health problems including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and contemplation of suicide.

Maladaptive coping strategies in adult survivors can include self-harm, eating disorders, alcohol or drug misuse. Many people who have been abused in childhood do not talk about the abuse until they are adults.

They often feel isolated and ashamed, not knowing how to heal their pain. Those they talk to about their feelings may find they lack the knowledge and understanding to support those who have been abused.

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood's (NAPAC) one-day SASCA training course is suitable for professionals such as NHS and safeguarding staff, police, helpline staff, clinical leads, counsellors and social care workers. These groups are hearing an increasing number of disclosures from adults who were abused in childhood.

The training 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 answered


calls and emails to their support service in 2016.

400 professionals

were trained by NAPAC in 2016, including GPs, police, and healthcare staff.

9% of adults experienced psychological abuse, 7% physical abuse, &


sexual assault during childhood.

How and why RSPH accredited the training programme

RSPH’s in-depth review showed that the training programme meets its objectives in raising the awareness of professionals who may come into contact with adult survivors of childhood abuse.

The programme is well designed, informative and helps trainees to explore issues in a sensitive way. It also considers the self-care of the trainees, both during the training course and when they may hear about childhood abuse from others.

During the course trainees learn about the types of abuse children can suffer, the impact of the abuse on physical, mental and emotional health and the coping strategies the victims may adopt as adults. The course provides practical skills and role play aimed at preventing re-traumatisation of adult survivors in service settings.

The training is invaluable in helping professionals to provide informed support to adult survivors, including those who may be accessing front line services. The programme helps to promote the physical and emotional safety of abuse survivors in a wide range of service settings and other situations.