A youth victim support service piloted in Halton is to be made available to all under-18s in Cheshire, thanks to funding from police and crime commissioner David Keane.
Got Your Back supports young victims of crime to recover from their ordeal, regardless of whether they’ve reported the crime to the police. It also provides support for young people who are experiencing conflict such as bullying or family troubles.
Since it was launched in 2019, the service has supported more than 1,000 young people across Runcorn and Halton via bespoke one-to-one support sessions.
Referrals to the service come via the police and partner agencies and it also helps young people that reach out for support via social media.
Mr Keane said: “Got Your Back has provided vital support to many young people in Halton over the last 18 months, so I’m pleased to be extending this service to benefit even more young people across the whole of Cheshire
“A review in Halton identified that there wasn’t enough specialist support for victims of crime under the age of 18, so I’m pleased that we’ve now got a specific service supporting young victims across the whole county.”
Got Your Back is delivered by the charity, Remedi, which also delivers restorative justice services throughout Cheshire.
Find out more online at gyb.org.uk
Anyone who knows a young person who requires support should email firstname.lastname@example.org with further details