Rebuilding lives

Letting the Future In helps children who've been sexually abused begin to rebuild theirs, thanks to trained practitioners like Chris.

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Sexual abuse can turn a child's life upside down. Letting the Future In helps children who've been sexually abused begin to rebuild their lives, thanks to trained practitioners like Chris.

Here Chris shares the life-changing story that’s stayed with him of how he helped a young boy transform the way he felt about himself.

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Letting the Future In

How does it work?

Practitioners like Chris help children rebuild their lives and look to the future with hope. 

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. This lets them safely work through past experiences and come to understand and move on from what's happened.

Our evaluation of Letting the Future In - the largest study of sexual abuse therapeutic work in the world – found that children left the sessions feeling more confident and less guilty, depressed, anxious and angry.

But this work is only possible because of donations from people like you.

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“A lot of children will come feeling that they’re helpless victims, whereas from my perspective they’re ingenious survivors.”

Chris / Letting the Future In practitioner 

Explore the real stories behind our campaign

Protecting a generation

Volunteers like Michelle deliver our Speak out Stay safe assemblies, giving children the understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

Michelle's story

Listening to children

Childline offers help and support to thousands of children and young people whenever they need us, thanks to counsellors like Sarah.

Sarah's story

Supporting parents

Nikki, one of our Baby Steps practitioners, delivers a programme which helps vulnerable parents cope with the pressures of a new baby.

Nikki's story

About us

Learn more about what we do and how our amazing practitioners and volunteers work, every day, to make child abuse a thing of the past.

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