Support for parents
As a parent, you may feel angry, worried, upset or afraid if you discover your child has been a victim or witness of crime. You may not have realised something had happened, and finding out your child has been affected by crime can be shocking and difficult to understand.
Just like young people, it’s important for parents to be able to share their concerns and fears too. If you talk to other parents, you may find their children have been through similar experiences which can be a great support. You might also be able to get help and support from your child’s school, from your GP, from religious leaders and communities, from your local authority family services team, and also from victims’ organisations such as Victim Support.
Remember, it’s important for your child’s safety to encourage them to talk to a trusted adult about the crime, think through whether to report to the police, and to take steps to make sure they don’t become a victim again.
Watch out for warning signs
Often if children become victims of crime, even if they don’t realise they are a victim, there can be tell-tale signs. Not all young people will react in the same way, and victims and witnesses of crime of all ages may go through different emotions, from shock and anger to denial and depression. Your child may have trouble sleeping, lose their appetite, feel scared or have panic attacks.
Our checklist ‘Identifying changes in children’ which contains some of the main warning signs to watch out for. This list does not necessarily mean your child is a victim or witness of crime - there may be other reasons for a change in their behaviour - but it is a good guide to highlight that they may need some support or help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the free resources we offer.