Project information

Community-based support for young victims

We will recruit a Young Victims’ Care Officer for Greater London to develop relationships with schools, local authorities and police to improve the accessibility of support to young victims of crime and their families and to directly deliver emotional support services

Funding would pay for 1 full-time, one year post

Charity information

Embrace Child Victims of Crime

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  • Need


    The young victims we support are often scared and vulnerable. They have lost their trust in the people closest to them and their faith in the authorities that should be there to protect them.

    We undertook a consultation in April 2016 with all PCCs asking which had specialist support for young victims of crime. Greater London remains our area of highest demand year on year.


    Working with children’s services, the wider criminal justice agencies and partners, we are developing services to meet the needs of all those who need help to cope with the effects of the crime, recover and move on to achieve their potential.
    The community-based Young Victims’ Care Officer will ensure consistency for young victims and their families and for trust to be built up.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Recruit a Young Victims' Care Officer for Greater London


    » We will recruit a qualified and experienced individual with experience of working with children/young people and in the criminal justice sector .
    » The successful candidate will complete the Home Office ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser) training programme.

    A qualified and experienced individual is in place within the community, offering specialist one-to-one support. Partnership working with other local agencies is demonstrated.

    Aim 2

    Young victims are supported to feel safe and speak about their experience.


    » We will use of 'Family Focused' approach to support both the young victims themselves and their family members.
    » The Young Victims' Care Officer will be based in the community and connected to all other specialist services offering professional guidance.

    We will log all incoming referrals by crime type, support given and resource expended. Feedback from individuals and families will be encouraged.

    Aim 3

    We will deliver training to 'upskill' local counsellors to work with vulnerable young victims.


    » 10 local, qualified counsellors will receive specialist training to equip them to work directly with referrals of young people from Embrace CVOC.

    10 counsellors have been trained and are now part of the network of therapeutic support available from Embrace CVOC in Greater London.

  • Impact


    1. Our partnerships with Place2Be and Relate will further raise our profile and help us to reach more young victims of crime.

    2. An increased understanding from central government of the importance of emotional support for traumatised young victims of crime as we begin to evidence a clear link between early intervention of these types of services with a reduction in harmful behaviour

    3. Young people are assisted to find solutions to violence, bullying and hate crime within their own community


    Lack of suitable applicants: advertise across our networks. Use a detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

    Lack of suitable counsellors: an infrastructure led by the National Clinical Lead that will ensure the efficient recruitment of qualified, experienced counsellors.

    Low number of referrals: Increasing our local presence plus use of media/PR will ensure that staff work closely with partner organisations to keep a steady stream of referrals and enquiries.


    We will report to donors on the progress of the Young Victims’ Care Officer, referral numbers, support given, feedback from families and evidence of partnerships developed. We aim to do this through a quarterly newsletter and updates on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £34,400

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      Amount Heading Description
      £32,400 YVCO - Greater London 100% of Young Victims' Care Officer salary @ £27,000 plus 20% on-costs
      £2,000 Training 1. ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Adviser) training @ £1,000, 2. Counsellor training @ £1,000
  • Background


    The project will cover the area served by the Metropolitan Police. We have supported in excess of 1000 young victims across Greater London over the last 10 years with referrals rising each year.


    Children and young people up to the age of 18 who have been victims of crime, including serious crime such as sexual abuse and personal attacks such as hate crime and bullying. Families including parents and siblings affected by the incident will also be offered support. Guidance will also be given to all young people on how to access support in the future if they are subjected to crime as either a victim or witness.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We provide practical, emotional and specialist support to young victims of crime, aged 12-18, and their families. Working primarily with criminal justice agencies, children’s services and their partners, Embrace CVOC helps those children and young people who have suffered as a result of life-changing crime. The number of beneficiaries we have supported has doubled from 800 in 2013 to over 1660 in 2015.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Wendy Robinson

    As our National Clinical Lead, Wendy will oversee the recruitment and training of specialist counsellors in Greater London.

    Young Victims' Care Officer - To Be Appointed

    They will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, working with partner agencies and delivering support to children/young people.

    Jenny Raine

    Jenny is responsible for the delivery of services, managing referrals from receipt to resolution, liaising with colleagues and maintaining our records