Hear and Now Evidence, impact and evaluation

Our research has shown there aren't enough therapeutic services for children and young people who've been sexually abused, and the quality of the services that do exist is inconsistent. The research has also highlighted a lack of evidence about which services and interventions are effective (Allnock et al, 2012).

Hear and Now is a new approach which provides therapeutic support to children and young people who professionals have concerns about. They may display worrying signs that something is wrong and sexual harm is a background feature. Hear and Now aims to help address the behavioural and emotional difficulties they face.

We've developed Hear and Now to help children and young people where ther are concerns. The aim of this service is to offer a trauma focused intervention (based on the Letting the Future In model) to specific children to work with not what was done to them but what it (the adverse experience) did to them. Its aim is to enable them to resolve the traumatised effect of experiences which they may not yet have spoken about but in doing so they may freely choose to speak about. 

How sexual abuse affects children

1 in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused (Radford et al, 2011). But a high number of these cases go unreported, undetected, unprosecuted and untreated.

Sexual abuse can have many varied impacts on children and young people. The stress suffered by an abused child can have a significant impact on the child's health and development. It can impact on behaviour and relationships, including risky or harmful sexual behaviour, delinquency, crime and poor parenting. In the longer term, the consequences can limit future opportunities and lead to further problems later in life.

Dealing with the consequences of childhood sexual abuse also has a significant economic cost to the NHS, criminal justice system and children's social care services. We estimate that child sexual abuse costs the UK £3.2bn a year (Saied-Tessier, 2014).

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How we're evaluating this service

We're testing Hear and Now to find out the difference therapeutic support can make to children where sexual concerns are a feature of their background.

The process of evluating this service is still being finalised.

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References

  1. Allnock, D. and Hynes, P. (2012) Therapeutic services for sexually abused children and young people: scoping the evidence base: summary report. London: NSPCC.

  2. Radford, L. et al (2011) Child abuse and neglect in the UK today. London: NSPCC. 

  3. Saied-Tessier, A. (2014) Estimating the costs of child sexual abuse in the UK. London: NSPCC.