Education: Staff and Professional training

It is our belief that all staff who come in to contact with children in education should have training on what factors to look out for and how to manage disclosures of Child Sexual Abuse. We provide context to the statistics, via lived-experience, which is invaluable in raising critical awareness of the behaviours and mindset displayed by an abused child. Teachers can feel anxious or misinformed about the way a child will present or how to approach a conversation where concerns are raised. This training supports existing safeguarding, brings policies to life, and instils confidence in staff, allowing them to use their professional skills and judgement effectively in a complex and challenging area.

Honestly, I can’t say enough about the training you have given us. It was so powerful and impactful. I know it must’ve been difficult to do and I hope you realise that with training sessions like that you will have helped so many children in their most vulnerable moments. I work closely with a child who is a victim of intrafamilial CSA, and just yesterday she had a very difficult triggering moment. As a result of your training I felt I understood her more and was more confident in the things I was saying and doing to help her.

Secondary School Deputy Head
“This is definitely going to change the way I think…” Early Years Teacher
“It already has, one hundred percent changed the way I teach, the way I think about the children in my care, the way I think about the children in the whole school community.” Year 4 Teacher
“I thought it was an excellent reminder never to assume that it’s not happening in our school…” Year 1 Teacher


What we offer:

  • Keynote speaking on lived experience.
  • Safeguarding support.
  • Question and answer sessions.
  • Interactive case study workshops.
  • Consultation and feedback services.

What we cover:

  • Real life case studies of children and their reasons for non-disclosure. 
  • The language and behaviours exhibited by victims/survivors in the school environment.
  • We challenge stereotypes of the abused child.
  • Examples of good practice when it comes to talking with children and creating a safe environment that will allow them to disclose where they need to.

We encourage the school to look at the wider school community, as the ripple effect of abuse trauma will impact on staff and parents too, having consequences for the children they support.

For further information contact us at admin@theflyingchild.com

The idea that you brought up several times – that it is far better to spend a few minutes reporting a concern that turns out to be nothing, than to sit on a concern which if reported could contribute to the protection of a child – will stay with me for a long time.

Primary school staff member

It was brought to the attention of The Flying Child Project that records kept by schools are destroyed, as per the Education Act 2002, when an individual reaches 25 years old. This removal of what could amount to evidence in later life is surprising and frustrating. See HERE for more information and what we are doing to try and change this.

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