Support for young victims of crime
The North Wales Victim Help Centre can support young victims of crime, their parents/carers and their family.
The service provides two levels of service indirect support and direct support. Please telephone 0300 3030159 to hear how we can help.
The term indirect services is defined as delivering indirect support to children and young people under 18 years old, through the parents / carers or another professional by providing them with:
Information and support on accessing other relevant support agencies including young victim service
Interventions to open up communication with their child and interventions they can make to support their child
Security alarms and other equipment to improve child sense of safety
Support to access other commissioned services e.g. counselling
The indirect service must always be with the parents / carers/ professionals, with the focus of the work on supporting and skilling up the parent or professional to help the child. This child or young person may be present during discussions with parents as appropriate.
The purpose of indirect support, is to provide a range of interventions, aimed at the parent, to help them:
Identify and manage risk factors and increase protective and resilience factors in their children to help them cope with their experiences effectively.
Build family relationships and resilience, and ensure that young people have their family’s support moving forward.
Identify a consistent safe adult within the family supporting them to cope with the effects of crime.
Increase parental skills and well-being in managing their own feelings about the impact of the crime on their child and foster open and honest communication between parent and child.
This work will typically be short–medium term 3-6 sessions. If this work requires more intensive involvement then a specialist direct service is likely to be more appropriate, which we will arrange for your child.
Direct Support involves working with children and young people aged under 18 years directly with a range of interventions (1-1, group work, schools work, social education programmes), sometimes with a parent present (particularly for younger children) but often without a parent present.