Many children suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse can benefit from a therapy using creative methods, according to a study by Durham and Bristol universities.
The therapy offered by the NSPCC, called Letting the Future In, gives children a chance to talk about their abuse experiences and to express themselves through activities such as painting, drawing and storytelling with a therapist.
The therapy sessions enable the children, aged four to 17, to safely work through past experiences and come to understand and move on from what has happened. The child’s parent or safe carer is also offered individual sessions as well as joint sessions with their child.
Therapeutic support vital
In this largest ever trial of a sexual abuse therapy anywhere in the world, the researchers found that the Letting the Future In therapy worked particularly well in helping children aged eight and over recover from their experiences of sexual abuse. For younger childr