Our vision is to ‘be there’ for all those children and teenagers who, through no fault of their own, are victims of crime.
We help to take away the hurt, restore some normality to young lives and reassure them that other people really do care.
We work with police officers in every force in the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to offer practical and emotional support.
We provide support for individuals whether they need cheering up, someone who will listen to them or professional help.
Embrace CVOC was set up in response to the Warrington terrorist bombing in 1993 by police officers in Cheshire and was to be later adopted by the British Police Rugby squad who developed it to what it is today.
Over the years
We have supported thousands of children over the years and are now supporting over 3,000 children and their families a year, many of whom have suffered as a result of the most serious crimes and have often been the invisible victims behind the headlines.
A year after the fundraising began and the name became known across the UK’s police forces, Child Victims of Crime was registered with the Charity Commission – we are number 1166103.
“Embrace CVOC is the only national charity that is solely focused on supporting children and young people who have been the victims of serious crime and their immediate families. Children are among the most vulnerable victims in our communities.
Embrace believes that support should be tailored to the needs of individuals and offers a range of emotional, practical and specialist services along with a flexible approach. Whatever is needed to help a child cope with what has happened, recover and move on is what we aim to deliver.
The charity’s own research revealed that often young victims of crime had to wait months to access counselling services – that is if the services were available at all.
Since discovering that there was no national response that prioritised the needs of young people traumatised by crime, the charity has been working to develop a specialist counselling service that young people could access across England and Wales.
Working with Police & Crime Commissioners, Victims’ Hubs, Sexual Abuse Referral Centres and safeguarding professionals, we are able to ensure that our most vulnerable victims of crime – and often the most forgotten – can readily access the level of support they need.
Practical help, cheer up support – including family theme park outings and peer group
support breaks – and emotional support are also provided to hundreds of young victims and their families across the UK every year.”