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NHS London has commissioned us to run an awareness campaign which will provide healthcare professionals with resources for treating potential survivors of sexual abuse, giving them the tools and knowledge to confidently engage with and best support these patients and people under their care.
We are collaborating with the NHS, our London Survivors Forum, and our member agencies to use our combined reach and experience in this field to put together our programme.
Following positive feedback from two pilot workshops that took place in 2019, we held two focus groups with NHS colleagues in January 2021 to learn more about how we can effectively promote this campaign, from the perspective of NHS practitioners. We heard that sexual abuse remains a taboo among many healthcare professionals and they often lack confidence when dealing with situations with survivors, feeling that they may provide an inadequate response. Through our campaign, we want to help change this.
Watch our #CheckWithMeFirst animation, which outlines some of the key messaging of our trauma-informed campaign for healthcare professionals.
If you are a survivor living in London, we want to hear about your experiences of NHS healthcare services so that we can help to make these services more accessible to survivors of rape, sexual assault and sexual abuse.
Become a trauma-informed #CheckWithMeFirst Champion for our NHS London awareness campaign.
Learn more about The Survivors Trust's trauma-informed awareness campaign for NHS London – #CheckWithMeFirst.
#CheckWithMeFirst resources for survivors accessing healthcare services.