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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

Welcome to our training page we have changed our face-to-face days, for now, to virtual training. The current course on offer would have been our foundation course that was a full day. We have broken the course down into bite size chunks that last between 2 hours to half a day depending on the course you choose. All courses can be booked through our Bookwhen site; the link is located at the bottom of the page. As of September we aim to offer face-to-face training in line with government restrictions being lifted.


How it works?

Before the course: - We will send you a selection of pre-reading to be done before the day/time of the course.

On the day of the course: - We will send you a zoom invite to join the virtual group of delegates and the trainers. The trainers will introduce the course and explain how the material is delivered. They will also be on hand throughout the allocated run time of the course to answer any questions. You will then be sent the link to the training material and will have an assigned time to complete it. The activities will require good time management skills to stick to the allotted time for each activity, keeping you on track for the final part of the course. We have built in a small amount of time for comfort breaks. At the end of the session the trainers will be available by Zoom and email to answer any questions or to facilitate any group discussions that delegates would find helpful.

After the course: - There will be links to further reading and the all-important feedback survey. The survey is very important to us as this feedback not only informs how we deliver our material but also helps us know how many professionals feel upskilled. Should you wish to recieve a certificate we would be happy to provide one.

The courses on offer

There are two courses that can be done in any order


Course One


What is CSA? The disclosure process and court – This course looks at the prevalence of sexual abuse, what constitutes sexual abuse, and how the media influences how we respond to those that disclose. Furthermore, it looks at all the steps children and young people take to disclose to people around them, how to receive this information so they feel believed and are made safe, what not to say and what happens following disclosure. If a disclosure leads to a court case this part of the course looks at the process child’s sexual abuse cases go through from initially reporting the abuse, the investigation process, if the case gets to court, the court case, the outcome and what next for the child.


Course two


What is CSA? The threat response and survival loop  – This course looks at the prevalence of sexual abuse, what constitutes sexual abuse, and how the media influences how we respond to those that disclose. It also explores the psychoeducation of trauma and why the brain works differently, how the brain gets stuck in the survival loop, why children/YP behave differently to those how have not been abused. Furthermore, the course looks at what professionals and parents can do to support the child/YP that has experienced sexual abuse and help their recovery.

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