Young Victim Service

The Young Victims Service supports young people who are dealing with the effects of crime. We have a number of workers, who can meet with young people face to face or online to help and support them. SAFE! is an independent charity and this service is provided free of charge. Anyone can refer themselves or a friend who lives in the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes).

Who can the Young Victim Service support?
If you, or someone you know is struggling to cope with the impact of crime, our experienced workers can offer support. 

We are available to help young people between the ages of 5-18 (or up to 25 for those with additional needs) who live in the Thames Valley area and have been hurt by crime. We will work with young people to help them regain their confidence if they have experienced:
•    Serious and persistent bullying at school
•    Been sexually abused or assaulted
•    Witnessed or been a victim of domestic abuse
•    Been mugged, or physically assaulted
•    Been a victim of exploitation
•    Been abused by cyber crime
•    Or been a victim of any other crime

How does SAFE! support children and young people?
SAFE! offers between six and twelve one-to-one sessions with a professional worker. Young people can choose where they feel most comfortable meeting; it could be at home, school, college, youth or community centre. We can also provide online support via telephone, text messaging and online video chat. 

SAFE! also has workers trained as Independent Sexual and Domestic Abuse Advisors who can help children and families to navigate the criminal justice process following an experience of sexual harm or domestic abuse.

In order to support young people who have been hurt by crime, our workers use what is known as the ‘protective behaviour’ model. Every session with a young person has two overarching themes. 
1.    ‘Everyone has the right to feel safe all of the time’
2.    ‘We can talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small’.

By using these themes SAFE! can…….
•    Listen to the young person, and help them to think about what they might want to do next 
•    Give them space to talk about what has happened and what they’re going through
•    Help them think about keeping safe
•    Give them information about reporting a crime and what might happen if they do report
•    Work directly with parents where appropriate to ensure that they get the best possible support
•    Give them information about who else might be able to help

A SAFE! worker will help the young person to develop ways of coping for times when they don’t feel safe. They will not have to talk about what happened to them, unless they want to. It is up to them how much or how little support they get from us. They are free to stop support whenever they like. 

SAFE! believes that young people have the right to feel safe wherever they are. We give young people the space to explore their thoughts and feelings without judgement. Details of what young people share with us in sessions remains confidential, unless there are things that young people want us to share with other people, or if we feel that the young person or someone else may be in danger.

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Funded by Thames Valley Police & Crime Commissioner