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.

Letting the Future In for learning disabled children

Disabled children are over 3 times more likely to be abused than non-disabled children. That's why we're piloting an adapted version of 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.

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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.

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Where Letting the Future In is available


01253 307810


02920 108080


01228 521 829


028 2044 1690


020 8253 1850

East London

020 3763 2380


01634 564688


0161 200 1850


01782 958100

Newcastle upon Tyne

0191 227 5300


01733 207620


01752 422577


01745 772100


0114 228 9200


02382 023 400


01792 341 700


01793 683 100


01925 873 000

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We assess and work with adults to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.
Assessing the Risk service

Women as Protectors

Helping mums and carers who are in contact with a man who poses a risk of sexual harm to children.
Women as Protectors service

Turn the Page

We protect children from the most common type of contact sexual abuse.
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National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)

Treating young high risk people who show the most serious kinds of harmful sexual behaviour.
National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS)

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Our services are helping turn lives around. Your gift can help rebuild lives, and prevent abuse from ruining any more.

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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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Our services are helping turn lives around. Your gift can help rebuild lives, and prevent abuse from ruining any more.

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