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Childhood Trauma and Recovery
Childhood Trauma and Recovery

Childhood Trauma and Recovery

A Child-Centred Approach to Healing Early Years Abuse


272 Pages, 10 x 7.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $50.95)

Publication Date: November 2019

ISBN 9781912755554

Rights: US & CA

Pavilion Publishing and Media Ltd (Nov 2019)

Price: $37.95


‘Childhood Trauma and Recovery’ presents best practice in helping children affected by early life sexual abuse to recover and lead healthy lives. At its heart is the SACCS approach, pioneered by Mary Walsh, which was developed to provide such children with specialist care and treatment. By creating recovery teams that cross over traditional boundaries to put the child at the centre of all activity, the approach enables young people to replace unhealthy ways of thinking with stronger, more appropriate cause-effect mechanisms. Drawing on decades of experience with thousands of young people, the authors challenge the view that simply placing traumatised young people in safe, loving environments will be sufficient for them to recover. They expose the challenges of caring for children who may be highly sexualised by abuse then show how, by ensuring that these children feel safe and trusted and learning to communicate with them effectively, practitioners can begin a process of actively helping them to heal.•Describes the evolution of the SACCS model of excellent practice for those charged with caring for, deciding for, and promoting best outcomes for children.•References current theory and practice, enabling readers to develop a critical understanding of therapeutic trauma work with vulnerable young people•Based on decades of experience and the work of a noted pioneer in the field, dedicated to creating real recovery for the most hurt children in society•More than 64,000 children are currently in care in the UK alone, according to NSPCC figures, and more than 60% are looked after due to abuse and neglect

Author Biography

Neil Thompson is an independent educator and advisor, and a highly respected author of over 300 publications including several bestselling books. He has previously held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities and is now a sought-after trainer, consultant and conference speaker. Mary Walsh has been at the forefront of delivering recovery for traumatised children for 30 years. In 1987 she co-founded Sexual Abuse Child Consultancy Services (SACCS), the leading provider of specialist care for children with a history of trauma, neglect and abuse. Within SACCS she also led the Mary Walsh Institute, focused on training professionals. Now largely retired, she remains involved with the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma (IRCT).