Helping children and young people recover from sexual abuse
Letting the Future In (LTFI) is designed to help children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse rebuild their lives.
We support children and young people aged between 4-to 17-years-old so that they can recover from the impact abuse has had on their lives. Referrals can also be made for children or young people with learning disabilities up until the age of 19.
Parents and carers are critical to the child or young person’s recovery, so we work with them to help them support their child throughout the therapeutic process. Siblings who require support may also be provided with a service.
This service is recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (NICE, 2017) and was showcased as an example of commissioning practice in the Home Office’s commissioning framework for support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse in England (Home Office, 2019).
How Letting the Future In works
The programme begins with three or four weekly sessions for practitioners to assess the child’s needs and select appropriate therapeutic interventions.
Children and young people are invited into safe therapeutic spaces where they can meet with a trained practitioner and engage in activities like messy play, writing, storytelling and art. This aims to help them express feelings that they can’t put into words. Some children and young people may be able to talk about the impact of abuse and work with the practitioner to resolve any ongoing issues.
Practitioners delivering LTFI have access to an online resource hub, which contains a comprehensive set of materials based on what is known or believed to help children who have been sexually abused. It is used by practitioners to select appropriate interventions for the child and to ensure they are following a consistent approach.
Our work is child-centred and children and young people are given the time and space to help them recover from the impact of abuse, and strengthen supportive relationships with their siblings and carers.