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Project information

Tailored support for young victims of crime

This project will offer practical, emotional and specialist support to young victims of all serious crime across Greater London, with a developing specialism in sexual abuse and domestic violence.

12 months

Charity information: Embrace Child Victims of Crime

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  • Need


    Over 800,000 children between 10 and 15 are victims of reported serious crime each year. To date we have helped over 14,000 child victims of crime and their families, including 1,735 in 2016/17.

    Our main beneficiaries are young victims of crime, aged 12-18, but over 50% of our referrals relate to sexual assault and domestic abuse.

    We offer a range of support services for the whole family, when they need it, free of charge.


    The project will focus on meeting the immediate need of the young victims and families we support, whether that is:
    - emotional support through one-to-one counselling or Family Focused Therapy to include other family members, delivered in partnership with Relate.
    - specialist support through our trained ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisers)
    - practical support to stabilise their current situation in relation to housing, school and care.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Retain and increase our staff and volunteer presence across Greater London


    » Increase the number of specialist staff and trained volunteers on the ground. Increase local specialist support.
    » Increase marketing of available services across Greater London. Increase partnership working and develop new opportunities.

    What success will look like

    Secure permanent, qualified and experienced staff. Robust management process in place. Awareness of the charity and its services is raised. Increase in enquiries.

    Aim 2

    More young victims of crime are supported through whatever means are most appropriate to them.


    » By working ‘on the ground’, through local staff, and in partnership with local agencies, we will ensure that we can reach more young victims

    What success will look like

    Young victims and their families are offered and given the support that helps then to cope, recover and move on. Recorded on CharityLog.

    Aim 3

    Young victims will feel safer, more confident and positive about the future


    » Counselling and emotional support will measure the change in the way young people feel before, during, and after receiving a series of sessions.
    » Recorded by counsellors using an Outcomes Star approach.

    What success will look like

    Formal feedback from therapists, who complete an assessment at the beginning and end of their involvement. Children/young people complete a Wellbeing Questionnaire.

  • Impact


    For the charity, the long term change will be a stability in staffing levels across Greater London, which will result in an increased presence, stronger partnerships and ultimately more young victims supported in the most appropriate way. As a growing charity, increasing our professional resource is paramount to meeting the growing demand for our services.
    For the young victims and families we support this will mean less waiting times, more options and a continued professional service.


    1. Recruiting the right people. We advertise across our networks and carefully assess applications for roles, not just for professional qualifications and experience but for an understanding of the sensitive nature of the cases we support.
    2. Duplicating existing services. We regularly research and map all relevant services in the areas we work in, making contact with other agencies and ensuring we are offering a unique service and signposting elsewhere as appropriate.


    Our CEO produces a quarterly report for trustees, which can be adapted for external donors. Our Social Media & Fundraising Manager who manages our social media presence will use various channels to promote to and connect directly with the public.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £36,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £33,600 Staff costs Counselling Services Co-ordinator for London. £28,000 + 20% on costs
      £3,300 Direct support costs 10 referrals x 6 counselling sessions @ £30 plus practical support (10 referrals x £150)
  • Background


    In 2017/18 we supported 232 young victims and their families in Greater London, bringing the total number we have helped to 1,700 since 2004. Year on year we receive the highest number of referrals from the Metropolitan Police, City of London Police and other child protection agencies in London than we do anywhere else in the UK, and for this reason it remains our priority to expand our services in response to demand.


    Children and young people, up to the age of 18, who have been victims of or witnesses to any crime.

    The young victims we support are often scared, vulnerable and deeply traumatised. They may have experienced abuse or assault directly, or witnessed it within their own home. They may be experiencing bullying at school or online, or be caught up in a complex court case involving their close family members.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Embrace CVOC is the only UK children’s charity focusing solely on supporting young victims of serious crime and their families. Over 800,000 children between 10 and 15 are victims of reported serious crime each year.

    We provide a range of practical, emotional and specialist support for young victims up to the age of 18. Working with police forces and child protection agencies, Embrace CVOC helps those children and young people who have suffered as a result of life-changing crime.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anne Campbell

    As CEO, Anne will have overall responsibility for securing pledges and then managing the project.

    Simon Littlejohn

    Simon currently has a split role: Young Victims Support Officer for London and Counselling Services Co-ordinator for London.