SAFE! Support for Young People Affected by Crime (“SAFE!”). There are two main projects
Young Victim Service supports young people who are dealing with the effects of crime. We have a number of workers, who can meet with young people face to face or online to help and support them. SAFE! is an independent charity and this service is provided free of charge. Anyone can refer themselves or a friend who lives in the Thames Valley (Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes). For 5-18 years (up to 25 years for those with additional needs).
Building Respectful Families is a service for families who are affected by Child to Parent Violence (CPV), across the Thames Valley. It is a restorative family focused approach rather than a parenting or anger management programme. The service continues to provide support for families during COVID-19, providing a mixture of remote and face-to-face support, where it is safe to do so. Please be aware that the Building Respectful Families project requires participants, both parents/carers and young people, to be able to reflect on their choices and behaviours and to be prepared and ready to work restoratively. The work we ask families to engage in can be challenging and emotionally draining. It is therefore important that this work is undertaken at the right time for the family. As we operate waiting lists it is important to be aware that when we are able to offer intervention may not be quite the right time for the family. Our team will help referrers to think about this with the family when an offer of direct work is made. For 8-18 years (up to 25 years for those with additional needs)
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Where to go
SAFE! provides direct support to young people aged 8 to 25 in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire who have become victims of crime. Self-employed Project Workers offer up to 6 sessions of individual targeted support to young people at a place they choose (typically at home, school or youth/ community centre), using protective behaviours and restorative approaches to aid them in their recovery. The service is completly free of charge.
- Age Ranges
8 to 25 years
- Referral required
- Referral Details
We accept referrals for any young person between the ages of 8-25 years who is dealing with the effects of crime or similar incident. Referrals should be sent to our main email firstname.lastname@example.org
You must first check with the young person that they are happy for you to refer them. The young person may be the direct victim or may be struggling after witnessing a crime against someone else. We can support young victims at any point, whether the crime is reported or not, pre-trial or post-trial…etc.
We accept referrals from a range of different professionals and agencies. Individuals can self refer or parents can refer their child/ young person to the service.
Referral forms are available on our website
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