SAFE Support for Young People Affected by Crime

SAFE Support for Young People Affected by Crime

At a glance

Causes

  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Young people

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
National - England

Objectives

SAFE! is the only charity dedicated to supporting young victims of crime across the Thames Valley. Our vision is clear - for children and young people to feel safe, thrive and achieve their potential. We are proud of the difference we have made to the lives of thousands of children and young people across the Thames Valley since we began in 2008. 

SAFE!’s child-led and trauma-informed services put the child at the heart of the provision throughout.  Providing a range of interventions including 121 support and groupwork, we adopt a flexible support model where the content of each intervention varies, informed by initial conversations, and tailored to the needs and wishes of the young victim, helping them regain agency and control that was lost during the crime.   

Activities

Over the last 5 years we have:  

  • Significantly grown our reach, and we are now supporting up to 1,500 children, young people and their families every year.  
  • Established effective evaluation processes and demonstrating how our support has helped young people to improve their confidence, feel safe and make positive improvements to their lives. 
  • Developed the breadth of our support offering, including introducing new specialist services for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse and sexual harm. 
  • Grown our whole family support, to include specialist services where there is Child and Adolescent on Parent Violence and Abuse. 
  • Researched and published reports highlighting issues such as peer on peer abuse and, most recently, the impact of delays in the criminal justice system on young victims of crime. 
  • Trained 100’s of external professionals to more effectively assist young people and families in their day-to-day roles. 

Current opportunities

SAFE! was established in 2008 from a recognition that experiencing a crime can have an enormous impact, and a concern that it can be especially...