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Somerset Phoenix Project

Working alongside professionals and supporting children, young people and families affected by sexual abuse.

A specialist service supporting the development of professionals in Somerset. We are here to reduce the negative impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on the lives of children and families living in Somerset

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Training for professionals

You can access our guide for professionals here:

Guide for Professionals

As a service we offer 4 different courses to best meet your training needs and role. The aims of the courses are below with what others have said about them following their attendance. All the courses are currently free, however if you are unable to attend and do not let us know 48hrs before we do issue a £50 non-attendance fee.


All courses aim to build on your knoweldge and experience and give you more confidence to work alongside children, young people and families, who have been affected by sexual abuse. By coming on our Part 1 and/or Part 2 course there will be an expectation from our service that if a case arises in your organisation you will undertake the work with that children/young person or family. We will be able to support this with access to our professional consultation element. This will be changing shortly so that we can see far more professionals.

To book on a course please follow the link below:

Once a course is full we will look to see that there is a spread of organisations and roles to ensure we train as many different people as possible. If there is more that 2 people already trained or booked onto to training we may ask you to consider who is best placed to have the training or we may ask you to look for alternative future dates.

Part 1 – Foundation Course


  • Understand what sexual abuse is and the signs and symptoms
  • How to react and deal with sexual abuse disclosures
  • The science of the brain in relation to the trauma of sexual abuse
  • How the court and legal process works in relation to child/young people’s disclosures
  • The importance of self-care

What professionals have said about this course;

“I can now identify when children may not be ok, despite what parents may think”.

“I have enjoyed learning about the psychology and theory and how it applies”

“It has made me feel much more confident about how I will deal with survivors and helped me realise that I know more than I thought”.

“It has given me helpful ideas and  resources to use in a variety of ways/roles”.

To find out when the next course is and to book goto


Part 2 – Advanced course:


  • An awareness of the different services supporting survivors and families available both nationally and locally.
  • An understanding of the Traumagenic Dynamics of sexual abuse and how each child will experience these differently, showing different behaviours as a result.
  • To be able to link theories around trauma and abuse to practical case examples
  • To develop tools for practically working with children and young people, considering how one might work creatively, therapeutically and psycho-educationally


What professionals have said about this course;

“The course has helped me understand that I can be more client led”.

“The use of the trauma tree when thinking about cases has helped re-frame my approach”.

“I feel confident that I have some grounding techniques to use with young people”.

“I now understand dissociation and the impact that it can have on children/young people”.

To find out when the next course is and to book goto


Managers Course


  • To understand the basics of trauma, the science of the brain and the disclosure process.
  • The importance of self-care
  • How your role supports the people you line manage

To find out when the next course is and to book goto


School Champions Training

(For frontline staff who have attended both part 1 and 2 of our training)


  • To use the knowledge you have gained from part 1 and 2 to build a strong capacity in your school setting.
  • To learn/refine how to upskill people in your setting to help their practice become trauma informed.
  • To learn/refine how to enable policy change so that your education setting can better support children/young people, their families and the professionals who educate them.

To find out when the next course is and to book goto


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