Letting the Future In (LTFI) is a service designed by the NSPCC for children aged 4 to 17 years who have been sexually abused. Letting the Future In helps children come to understand and move on from their past experiences through activities such as play, drawing and painting and storytelling. Parents and carers are also offered support to move on from the impact of finding out about the sexual abuse and to help their children feel safe.
This independent report, from University of Bristol and Durham University, draws on information from the largest randomised controlled trial of a service for children affected by sexual abuse. It provides evidence about what works well in the service and what works less well.
This report is part of our Impact and evidence series and is also available in Welsh and large print.
Authors: John Carpenter, Simon Hackett, Tricia Jessiman, Demi Patsios and Josephine Phillips
Most practitioners delivering Letting the Future In were social workers. They reported that they:
Children who completed the programme and their carers talked about:
Children and their parents especially valued the relationship between the child and their practitioner. They felt practitioners were warm, reassuring, friendly and honest.
This independent evaluation provides good evidence of the effectiveness of Letting the Future In with children over eight and young people. Letting the Future In can and should be developed further, particularly in its use with younger children.
Please cite as: Carpenter, J. et al. (2016) Letting the Future In: a therapeutic intervention for children affected by sexual abuse and their carers. An evaluation of impact and implementation. London: NSPCC
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