Crime: Support for Children and Young People - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:15 pm on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Benjamin Baroness Benjamin Liberal Democrat 3:15 pm, 5th February 2020

I thank the Minister for that Answer. Embrace Child Victims of Crime supports more than 3,000 children each year, and that figure is rising. More and more children and young people are witnessing crime, especially knife crime and domestic abuse, or know of someone involved in some sort of violent abuse. This affects their mental health and will do for the rest of their life, leading to untold damage and a cost to the public purse. It is vital that they get early support, and trauma-focused behavioural therapy is proven to make a difference. So will the Government support charities such as Embrace and Barnardo’s to help these vulnerable children, and will they consider them in the upcoming domestic abuse Bill?