Letting the Future In Recovering from sexual abuse
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.
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.
Where Letting the Future In is available
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.