Letting the Future In What is Letting the Future In?

Sexual abuse can ruin lives. Letting the Future In helps children who have been sexually abused to recover.

Sexual abuse can affect young people in all kinds of ways. Many children and young people have told us they feel confused and upset about what has happened to them. They have said that having the chance to express their feelings really helps.girl with freckles smiling widely

How it works

We see boys and girls aged 4 to 17 in our special play therapy rooms. They do things like messy play, writing, storytelling and art to help express feelings that they can’t put into words.

Play is a natural way for children to express themselves. They can safely work through past experiences and come to understand and move on from what has happened.

We start by meeting for three or four weekly sessions to get an understanding of the child’s needs. Over time they will get to know us and begin to open up about their feelings. It can take up to a year before they are ready to move on.

We also talk to their parents or carers to help the whole family. Parents and carers of children who have been sexually abused can play a really important role in helping their child recover. They are offered some individual support and some joint sessions with the child.

Children's stories

"I asked her if anyone had touched her anywhere private other than me or her father."

Read Helen and Maisie's story

Evaluating the impact

Find out how we're evaluating Letting the Future In.

Learn more

Where Letting the Future In is available


01253 307810


0844 892 0290


01228 521 829


028 3839 9951


020 8253 1850

East London

0844 892 0286


0203 188 3930


0161 200 1850


0844 892 0273

Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 5300


01733 207620


0844 892 0288


0844 892 0275


0114 228 9200


01792 456 545


01793 431 501


01925 581 200

We're running an adapted version of this service as a pilot for children with learning disabilities aged 4 to 19 in Luton, Peterborough and Swindon. 

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Turn the Page

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National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)

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Sexual abuse

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This doesn't have to be physical contact, and it can happen online
Read more about sexual abuse

Harmful sexual behaviour

Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.
Read more about harmful sexual behaviour


Children and young people can be groomed online or in the real world, by a stranger or by someone they know - for example a family member, friend or professional. 
Read more about grooming

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