The Victims of Crime project, which ran between May 2018 and April 2019, used the power of sport to engage and support young victims of crime, to help them better cope and recover from their experiences.
The project supported people who were:
- Victims of crime who had never reported the offence against them
- Children and young people at risk of becoming victims of crime
- Children and young people that lived in the most deprived areas of Birmingham
The project, which was based on consultations carried out by Academy staff in early 2018 (with club members, young people who attended our alternative education service and school managers), showed that the project was clearly needed. These consultations showed that:
- 64% of young people that completed the questionnaire had been the victim of crime
- 81% of the victims had not reported the crime to the Police or sought any support
- Crimes committed against young people included serious crimes such as street robbery, assault, gang crime, knife crime and sexual assault
We also consulted a 2017 Victim Support report which analysed the effects experienced by victims of crime.
The programme was divided into 12-week courses based on rehabilitation, enabling participants to gain confidence and become more socially integrated after each course. Intervention mechanisms included group, one-to-one, after school sessions and community outreach at various cultural and faith events.
Each course used innovative methods to work on a range of issues, including developing self-confidence, anger management, personal safety, self-defence, conflict resolution, and building self-esteem.