Tomorrow I’m attending a CPD event to learn more about supporting individuals who were abused in childhood.
Childhood abuse is much more common than you might imagine, happens (and often remains) behind closed doors and can leave a lasting affect on an individual.
It’s not a pleasant dinner table topic for polite company, but it’s an area of importance and particular interest to me in my volunteer counselling work.
One thing I’ve noticed in my volunteer work is how often the clients have remained silent, and/or not been believed when they’ve actually tried to discuss or report their early experiences.
I’m writing openly about this workshop tomorrow to lend a small voice behind the general topic of childhood abuse, which takes many forms including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological and emotional abuse.
The full day workshop is being run by NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) and is aimed at individuals who work directly with adult survivors of abuse, or those studying a relevant subject, to deepen their knowledge about the impact of childhood abuse in adulthood.
Slightly different to the excellent work of the Samaritans and other similar crisis oriented charities who receive a very broad range of callers, one of the important things NAPAC offer the general public is a specialist helpline that anyone can call, staffed by experts in the area of childhood abuse.
NAPAC repeat this workshop throughout the year and you can find a listing of all their upcoming events here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-association-for-people-abused-in-childhood-napac-15040230767
It wouldn’t be uncommon for you to be working or living alongside someone who may have been previously abused, without you even realising.
Ask any project manager about the key to their success, and they will say that delivering a project is often more like a "dark art" or by chance, than a predictable science.