Letting the future in

Why Child sex abuse is a major problem. It is estimated that around one in twenty children in the UK are sexually assaulted before the age of 16. Over 20,000 sex offences against children every year. Sexual abuse damages children emotionally and psychologically. Sexually abused children may act out through violence or withdraw into themselves. They may self–harm or become suicidal. The level of distress children suffer depends on how long they were abused for, how often it happened, their relationship to the abuser and whether they were believed when they spoke out. Without the right help, sexually abused children can develop mental health problems lasting into adulthood. But little is known about how best to help victims overcome their trauma and avoid long term mental heath issue.

Takes place NSPCC service centre at the Peace Centre

About the Programme

The NSPCC offer therapeutic help to girls and boys from four years of age who have been sexually abused. They will be referred to us by children’s services, health services or by their families. They can even contact the service themselves.

NSPCC workers use a new guide we have developed called Letting the future in, based on research, evidence-based theories and the views of children and adults who have received therapy following sexual abuse.

We help children to understand their abuse and explore and express their feelings about it. They will also learn how to keep themselves safe. We will explore what works best with children of different ages and genders in different situations, drawing on existing research and therapeutic approaches.

How to join: Contact the NSPCC team on 01925 581200