Plain English Summary
Background and study aims
The NSPCC has developed a course of therapy called ‘Letting the Future In’ (LTFI) for children and young people aged between 4 and 18 who have been affected by sexual abuse and are living with a carer who has been assessed as safe. The aims of this study are to determine the effectiveness, costs, strengths and weaknesses of LTFI, and to find out which groups of children benefit the most.
Who can participate?
Children aged between 4-17 years who have made a disclosure of sexual abuse and who have a safe carer who is willing to participate.
What does the study involve?
Participants are randomly allocated to either receiving the therapy immediately or after waiting for 6 months. They are offered up to 24 sessions with a trained social worker or therapist. LTFI also emphasises work with the child’s safe carer, who may receive up to six individual sessions as well as joint sessions with the child. Participants complete questionnaires when they join the study and after 6 and 12 months.
What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants allocated to the waiting list may experience an increase in anxiety and decline in mental health and if necessary can leave the study for immediate treatment.
Where is the study run from?
The School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol (UK).
When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
February 2013 to February 2015.
Who is funding the study?
Who is the main contact?
Ms Patricia Jessiman
School for Policy Studies
6-8 Priory Road
Letting the Future In: therapeutic intervention for child sexual abuse - randomised trial
Letting the Future In
The study will evaluate a therapeutic intervention for children affected by sexual abuse. The impact of the intervention on children and their 'safe carer' will be measured using validated measures in a before and after design with follow-up. In teams where demand for the service exceeds the team's capacity to deliver, the research design will take the form of a randomised trial with a waiting list control (RCT). Service use data will be collected from the safe carers as part of a cost-effectiveness analysis.
More details can be found at: http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/Search/StudyDetail.aspx?StudyID=13718
University of Bristol Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, 15/08/2012, ref: FSSLREC150812
Randomised trial with a waiting list control
Primary study design
Secondary study design
Randomised controlled trial
Patient information sheet
Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet
Letting the Future In: The intervention offers a therapeutic assessment followed by 20 individual sessions with the child or young person. (An additional 10 sessions may be negotiated with the team manager) and sessions with the 'safe carer'.
Follow Up Length: 6 month(s)
Primary outcome measure
Trauma Symptoms Checklist (8-16) 54 items, self report (Briere et al. 1996); Timepoint(s): Baseline (T1), 6 months (T2), 12 months (T3)
Secondary outcome measures
1. Juvenile Victimisation Questionnaire (10 questions) (Finklehor et al. 2005); Timepoint(s): T1, T3
2. Parenting Stress Index - short form 36 items (Abidin, 1995); Timepoint(s): T1, T2, T3
Overall trial start date
Overall trial end date
Reason abandoned (if study stopped)
Participant inclusion criteria
1. Male & Female; upper age limit 17 years, lower age limit 6 years
2. Intra- or extra-familial sexual abuse
3. Safe carer willing to collaborate in treatment
Target number of participants
Planned Sample Size: 210
Participant exclusion criteria
Severe learning disability
Recruitment start date
Recruitment end date
Countries of recruitment
Trial participating centre
University of Bristol
NSPCC (UK) - Grant Codes: ORCA 38414
Funding Body Type
Funding Body Subtype
Results and Publications
Publication and dissemination plan
Not provided at time of registration
Intention to publish date
Participant level data
Not provided at time of registration
Basic results (scientific)