A £300,000 cash injection will provide young victims of crime in the region with vital new services – thanks to the area’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
Commissioner Shaun Wright has provided Victim Support South Yorkshire with the grant – to be spent over the next three years – to help provide better support for young people who are victims of crime or witnesses to it.
Some of the grant will be used to set up a new Young Witness Service, allowing children and young people under 18 to access a free, independent and confidential service.
Run by trained staff and volunteers, the service will help support children and young people and their parents/carers before, during and after any trial, so that they can give the best evidence to the court and reduce any further trauma caused by their experience.
This service will be available to young witnesses in all categories of crime in all of the Crown, Magistrate’s and Youth courts in South Yorkshire.
But Commissioner Wright said the immediate priority will be for young victims of sexual exploitation, violence or abuse.