Letting the Future In Helping children who have been sexually abused
Sexual abuse can ruin lives. Letting the Future In helps children who have been sexually abused.
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.
Disabled children are over 3 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children. That's why we've adapted our Letting the Future In service for learning disabled children aged 4-19.
We'll be applying learnings from our Letting the Future In evaluation into the development of this service.
"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 evaluated Letting the Future In and how we can help you deliver it in your area.
Where Letting the Future In is available
Assessing the Risk, Protecting the Child
Women as Protectors
Turn the Page
National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)
Harmful sexual behaviour
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