How do you spot the signs that a young person has been victimised? What do you do if you are approached by a young person who has been affected by crime or bullying? What is the impact of crime and how can you best aid the young person's recovery?
Are You Okay deals with these issues that many adults may face when trying to help a young person in their care in the aftermath of a crime. It provides detailed information on the different types of crime from assault and hate crime to cyberbullying and sexual abuse, and explores how they may affect the young person in different ways. The author also addresses difficult issues such as dealing with fears of retaliation, confidentiality and whether a crime should be reported, the grey area between crime and bullying and how best to assess the young person's needs.
This accessible guide will be essential reading for anyone working with children and young people aged 8+, including social workers, youth workers, teachers, police, education welfare officers and victim support and witness service workers.
Pete Wallis is Senior Practitioner (Restorative Justice) for Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service, UK. He is co-author of The Pocket Guide to Restorative Justice with Barbara Taylor, co-author of What Have I Done? with Clair Aldington and Marian Liebmann, and co-author with Shellie Keen and Tracey Lott of Why Me? A Programme for Children and Young People who Have Experienced Victimization, forthcoming, all published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Key Concepts: Protective Behaviours and Restorative Approaches. Part 1. 'What happened?' The crimes and their consequences. 1. The crimes. 2. Indirect victimization or 'hidden harm'. 3. Understanding the effects of crime and recognizing the signs. Part 2. 'You are not alone' stepping in to help. 4. Raising the issue and responding well. 5. Assessment, confidentiality and reporting. Part 3. 'What will happen now?' The criminal justice system. 6. A swift navigation through the criminal justice system. 7. Restorative approaches. 8. The overlap between offending and victimization. 9. Next steps. Conclusion. Resources. Index.