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Embrace Child Victim of Crime

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.

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We need some basic information to get the ball rolling.

We appreciate that some information will be sensitive so we are not asking for much detail at this stage.

We can can reassure you that the details you disclose will be handled sensitively and we won’t be sharing or keeping personal information without your permission.

Our systems are encrypted to the highest standards and are regularly reviewed to ensure we provide the best possible service to keep your data safe.

If you are referring more than one child for counselling, emotional support or Dear Santa please complete one form per child.

Guidance on referrals for Time4U

Time4U is our talking therapy service and for this we only take referrals from the following agencies:

  • Police
  • Victims Hubs
  • ISVAs
  • IDVAs

We regret we are not able accept self referrals for our emotional support services at this time. If you are unsure, please request a telephone consultation with a Victim Care Officer by emailing