Children and young people
In England and Wales, more than one in ten children aged 10 to 15 are victims of crime, and there were around 371,000 incidents of violent crime against children and young people last year.
How VS helps
You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme which helps children and young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. Young people do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from us.
You & Co works with children and young people from the moment they experience or witness a crime, until the time when they and their worker feel they no longer need our support. Our work focuses on reducing risk while increasing protective factors and resilience levels, with the aim of supporting children and young people to be:
- safer and less fearful
- less likely to be re-victimised
- less likely to engage in risky behaviours
- more likely to move on from their victim experiences and make positive change.
We work with children and young people in their own time and their own space, through one-to-one support, group work or sessions in schools or youth clubs. We also work alongside other children’s agencies to deliver high-quality services.