Safe to Say can deliver the following training programmes and they will:

  • Build staff capacity and quality of response to adult survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) within existing agencies.
  • Train front-line staff in all sectors to be more confident in dealing with adult survivors who disclose CSA and
  • Train supervisors and managers supporting staff working with disclosures
  • Raise staff awareness of the challenges parent survivors may face.

The trauma informed training available will consist of:

  • Training for Trainers, which is aimed at people who will go on to become trainers within their organisation, is a 6 day course. They will be equipped to deliver the Frontline and Supervisory training.
  • Safe to Say is aimed at staff that are likely to work with Adult Survivors. The training gives workers the confidence and awareness to enable them to work with adults who may disclose. This is a 2.5 day course.
  • Safe for Parents to Say which provides participants with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and abilities in relation to parents who are survivors of CSA and the impact this may have on their parenting. This is a 2 day course.
  • Self Injury Training will provide staff with the opportunity to safely explore and discuss self injury. It will increase their knowledge and understanding of self injury: its nature and reasons for it. It will also develop participants skills and confidence in responding helpfully to people who self injure. This is a 2 day training.
  • Vicarious Trauma Training, a newly developed training aimed at enabling staff teams to engage with trauma survivors appropriately and sensitively, find ways of supporting and protecting themselves as responders and develop support structures across the team. This is a 1 day course.

The future aim of Safe to Say Trauma Informed Training and Consultancy is to embed our training into the curriculum for Student Nurses, both Mental Health and General, Teachers, Nursery Teachers and Child Care workers, Police and Prison staff and Theology students.



We recognise the importance of evaluation in all of our work to help ensure we are delivering exceptional quality training and in encouraging us to reflect on our practice and meet the expectations of course participants. Here is a selection of some of the feedback we have received on our courses:


Safe to Say

North Ayrshire Health and Social Work team, Kilwinning, November

‘The learning environment was very open and non-judgemental, which allowed people to share their experiences.’

‘I was allowed time for reflection, provided with personal examples which encouraged participation, never felt pressured to share.’

‘The survivors film was extremely powerful. I think seeing pictures of the survivors as children was very powerful, as it reminded me that although they are adults now, the trauma happened to them as children.’

‘All my expectations were fully met, I feel more confident and equipped to deal with adult survivors of child sexual abuse.’

‘The most useful aspects of the course were the reflective elements, that made you look at your own practice and beliefs.’

‘This was an excellent course and I would highly recommend it to others.’

‘Realising the common sense approach, that no fancy new skills are required, everyone can make a difference and time is not an issue.’

The Share team, Kirkliston, May

Given that our objectives for Say to Say training are to help staff feel more confident and competent in responding to survivors, and also more self-aware, we were particularly pleased to receive some of the following feedback:

‘It was an intimate setting, everyone sat in a small circle which helped me feel safe to talk about a difficult topic.’

‘My expectations were exceeded, the course touched me as a person.’

‘As the course progressed people felt more comfortable to talk and open-up about their understanding/fears in relation to sexual abuse.’

‘I thought the pace was excellent, allowed people the time they needed to process very difficult information.’

‘It went well, at times a little slow, however this led to more open discussions within the group.’

‘I felt that it was great that it was group-led.’

‘The materials on the course were of high quality, especially things like the Can of Worms book, they are good for self-reflection.’

And last about the film:

‘This was an excellent piece of work, portrayed in a sympathetic way that dealt with shocking abuse in a relatable way.’

North Ayrshire Health and Social Work team, Kilwinning, March 2017

“There was no aspect that I didn’t feel I learnt from”

Excellent , very insightful”

“Very powerful and learnt a lot from the survivors”

Very good to be constantly involved and stimulated within training

“Learnt a lot about myself over the past few days”


Safe for Parents to Say

Children & Families Workers South Edinburgh, January 2017

“Excellent course … I can say it was probably the best course I have ever been on, and I’ve been on a few.  Will inform my colleagues.”

“So different from any other training I have experienced … thoughtful, responsive, unpressurised, caring and considered.”  

“Brilliant, supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable, human!”

“Trainers were friendly and approachable.  Very sympathetic when they needed to be, their knowledge and experience was clearly evident when delivering the course.”

“Very powerful … it was valuable to hear what survivors wanted from professionals around them.”

“I have gained a better understanding and knowledge and what changes I will make to practice.”


Safe for Parents to Say

Glasgow West Childcare Forum, September 2016

“This course has helped me personally and professionally.  Please keep doing what you’re doing.”

“Uncomfortable subject but done with huge sensitivity.”

“Very well delivered … it has made me feel that it’s okay not to know all the answers and it’s okay to talk about such a subject.”


Safe for Parents to Say

Glasgow South Childcare Forum, September 2016

“Lot of the questions I had were answered through this training.  It has made me more aware and confident in my practice.”

“Plenty of opportunities for reflection.”

“The trainers were well informed, creating a safe environment, holding the group and opening up discussions well.”


Safe to Say

Alliance Scotland Course Participants, October 2015

“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.”

“Great course – addresses a difficult topic in a way that gives more insightful understanding empowering me with the confidence to help people I work with.”

“The tutors were fantastic – I really hope more people take the course (especially those who work with people in some form)”

“I want to thank Sue and Irene for making me feel so welcomed and able to share when I wanted to share, without judgement. The whole atmosphere was guided by the trainers and allowed a calm and safe environment.”

“I didn’t know what to expect so it was great to have such an insightful course of learning on what is an essential and very important area for my work”

“Really great trainers some of the best Ive had, their warmth and energy and passion for this subject made what is a difficult area enjoyable and productive.”

“The whole course has been useful, no aspect less valuable than the rest”

“Perfect pace, lots of time for reflecting”


Safe to Say

Course Participants, Feb 2015

“I learned so much, I feel as if it has given me confidence as a support worker to deal with disclosures of abuse. I would recommend this course to all in my organisation.”

“Amazing course, I will definitely be able to incorporate my learning here into my practice.”

“This course more than met my expectations in comparison to other courses. I have taken more from these 2.5 days than I ever dreamt.”

“All my expectations were met and then some!”


Safe to Say

Post-graduate psychology students, Edinburgh University, April 2015

“It went beyond my expectations, especially the extent of self-evaluation and understanding of how practice is being carried and effects it may have on clients and ourselves.”

“Very stimulating and a positive feeling of trust and understanding.”

“Very useful approach to CSA training … very inclusive … felt like shared discovering of stories of survivors and personal experiences. The course was great, all expectations met.”

“A very validating course, inviting discussions and making sure all voices were heard.”

“Expanded my knowledge, especially about male and BME survivors. I feel more confident talking to survivors now. Thank you so much.”


Training for Trainers

Course Participants, May 2014

“I felt all aspects of the course were useful. I also found the course was cleverly constructed to include self, abuse, facilitation, etc. All learning activities were useful.”

“This course has taught me so much in so many different ways and will have a significant impact on my practice. It has been a pleasure to be part of and has left me empowered and energised to progress this work. Thank you so much.”

“Thanks for providing an environment that allowed for critical review and addressing concerns in a non-judgemental way.”

“The learning climate was very good and supportive and made it very easy to learn. I felt supported throughout and assured that the trainers were competent and knowledgeable … I loved this course, it’s been a privilege to have been a part of it and I can’t wait to get out and deliver the training.”


Safe for Parents to Say

Course Participants, Jan 2015

“The quality of openness about the topic was very important. This went beyond my expectations.”

“Thought-provoking, supportive, encouraging … Different perspectives really useful.”

“A fantastic, sensitive, nurturing, knowledgeable and friendly group … Touched by the personal comments and the seeds given. Thank you very much.”

“All of the course was useful. It has given me the confidence to take action in my practice and assert myself with colleagues. I feel empowered.”

“The input from the trainers was absolutely superb. Excellent delivery and utter respect shown to everybody. They made us feel completely comfortable and valued.”