We have been working recently with COPFS (Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service) assisting with the development of a new training course for their staff on institutional abuse of children.
We were back in Glasgow in the week beginning 5th October, working with Alliance Scotland staff based in Deep End Practices. We enjoyed working alongside these committed practitioners in vital roles in GP practices. There was such a range of knowledge and experience that it proved to be a rich and safe learning experience for all.
Feedback from the group is provided in the Training page under the heading of Evaluation but this particular comment summarises the essence of the positive feedback received:
“I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was brilliantly delivered, so well done to both trainers. Completely exceeded my expectations and I learnt a lot and reflected a lot on my practice.”
Safe to Say training at Turning Point Scotland last week with colleagues from four different organisations was full with a wealth of experience and knowledge from those who attended. There was a culture of honesty and commitment from the group and although we were all emotionally drained by the end, we learned a lot from each other. The group worked hard and enjoyed sharing the learning experience with practitioners who were new to them. Some of the feedback from the group included:
“What I have taken from this course will remain with me and I will be able to apply my learning in the workplace. I very much appreciated being part of this experience.”
“All my expectations were met. This course was nothing like anything I have ever done before. It will always be there.”
“The trainers were very knowledgeable and considerate of each person’s needs. They provided a safe environment. I’m glad I came and feel more able to support survivors.”
We had a rich experience working with members of the North Lanarkshire Children’s Panel in Motherwell last Saturday, raising awareness of the impact and legacy of Childhood Sexual Abuse on young people and adults they may come into contact with. A clearly committed and passionate group of people with lots of experience, curious to know more about Child Sexual Abuse survivors. Evaluations revealed how thought-provoking a session they found it and just how important this work is.
Following the pilot of our new training on Vicarious Trauma in May 2015, we have been invited back to work with the North Ayrshire Social Work Team on Thursday 25th June. We welcome the opportunity to revisit the team and our work with them this time will be to raise awareness of the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adults and how to respond with confidence to disclosures.
We are looking forward to working with staff at Glasgow West Childcare Forum this coming Friday. The organisation have commissioned us to run our Safe for Parents to Say course for them, with a view to equipping staff to more confidently support parent survivors of CSA.
We enjoyed the two days we spent with Glasgow West Childcare Forum. From varying backgrounds their passion and commitment to the children they support was so present in each exercise. We were impressed by their desire to learn around Childhood Sexual Abuse.
Here are some of the comments offered as feedback from participants:
“Although I felt the first day difficult, the trainers made sure of a warm supportive environment which made it easy to be honest and open.”
“I didn’t expect the course to be so in depth so it more than met my expectations.”
“This course helps you feel more confident and builds great knowledge about safe for parents to say.”
“This course will be something I will never forget. It has gave me knowledge and understanding that will impact on my practice working with families.”
“I will be recommending for other staff members to come on this course as it was very useful and I have learned a lot of stuff and will keep with me forever.”