Siobhan offers training for professionals who work with children, based on her lived experience of child sexual abuse. In particular, she focuses on:
– Her story of abuse at home, going through the court process, and how services might be improved from a survivor-led point of view
– The reasons why children don’t tell us if they’re being sexually abused
– How to encourage children to tell us, despite the obstacles they face; and
– How to respond to disclosures effectively.
Siobhan has worked with audiences of various sizes (15-200) and allows time for a Q&A session at the end, which usually turns into a constructive discussion! Moreover, she offers the opportunity to understand child sexual abuse from the perspective of someone who has been there, and can therefore articulate the difficulties faced by children in that situation. The training has been developed by several survivors of abuse, and feedback is available on request.