Providing free confidential, practical and emotional support and information to anyone affected by crime.

Are you a witness and being threatened?

It’s illegal for anyone to threaten or intimidate a witness. Contact the police as soon as possible.

Victim Support for Children

Every young person reacts differently to crime. Some may have immediate reactions, while others may not display anything for weeks or months, and some may never show any reaction at all. Because a young person is not displaying a reaction, it does not mean they are not affected. How young people react can depend on many different factors, for example, their age, the support that is available to them, the type of crime committed, their cultural beliefs and how they interact with others.
Victim Support Scotland is committed to ensuring that young victims and witnesses affected by crime are supported effectively. The support ranges from that given through a parent or carer to direct support work with children themselves, depending on the age of the child.

If the young person is between the age of 12 and 15 years, Victim Support Scotland can provide direct support as long as consent has been given by their parent or carer. Although our service is confidential (meaning we wouldn't discuss anything that is told to us with anyone without permission, including the parent or carer), we must tell someone if the service user has been harmed or is at risk of being harmed in the future.

For children aged less than 12 years of age, Victim Support Scotland can provide indirect support, which means that we will enable the parent or carer to understand the effects of the crime on the young person, and equip them with strategies to help them. Local services have more information on agencies that can provide specialist services to children of this age.

Children Affected by Youth Crime

If you are a young person who has been harmed by another young person, or a parent/carer of such a person, please visit the Victim Support Scotland website Crime and You.

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