School Champion Aims:
- To build a strong capacity in school settings to support survivors of sexual abuse, from disclosure through to recovery.
- To upskill more people than we could ever reach with our training.
- To drive policy change so that education settings can better support children/young people, their families and the professionals who educate them.
What the role entails;
- To raise awareness in schools about how to respond to disclosures.
- To provide emotional and practical support to survivors of sexual abuse using the skills and knowledge learned from the training in addition to your existing working practice
- To advocate for survivors of sexual abuse who disclose.
- To help other professionals in your organisation or team to gain confidence and skills in supporting survivors through providing information and support when requested
- To work with senior leaders at your school to review the policy in your establishment concerning sexual abuse and maybe make changes, if needed.
- Be the lead/named contact in your organisation to enable others to turn to you for support and information.
What you get out of it;
- An opportunity to develop a specialism and be part of an innovative new initiative in Somerset
- A key role in changing the lives of children and young people impacted by sexual abuse
- Support to help you put your training into practice
- On an ongoing basis as a Survivor of Sexual Abuse Champion (SSAC) you will also get:
- Priority place at our forums – which happen 3 times a year.
- Regular information updates
- Up to date resources to use in your work as a champion and to cascade to others
- Opportunities to network with other sexual violence support champions
Current schools we are working with:
- North Town Primary
- Selworthy School
- Stanchester Academy
- Taunton Learning Partnership
- Tone Valley Partnership