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Yes You Can! - Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Second Edition

DescriptionYes You Can! has been developed for people working with, or likely to be working with, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, with a particular focus on the impact that childhood sexual abuse can have on mental health and wellbeing.
Official Print Publication DateApril 2008
Website Publication DateApril 18, 2008


by Sarah Nelson and Sue Hampson

ISBN 978 0 7559 5615 9

This document is also available in pdf format (308k)


1 Child sexual abuse and its impact
2 Barriers to 'Opening the Can of Worms'
3 The views of survivors
4 Positively supporting survivors
5 Wider issues in support planning
Appendix 1: National resources
Appendix 2: Contact addresses
Appendix 3: Concerns about the safety of children and ongoing concerns about adults
Appendix 4: Note on the authors

This accessible, easy-to-read booklet aims to help statutory and voluntary sector staff and volunteers likely to be working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. It will be useful to people in mental health, community projects, counselling and support services, health and social work services, homeless projects, addiction services and older people's projects, and also to those working in young people's services, criminal justice and many others.

We hope it will help you feel more aware and confident in supporting people who disclose sexual abuse, and in feeling able to mention the issue sensitively. It gives important basic information and good practice guidelines for work with male and female survivors. It also includes useful resources and a list of contact organisations.