Parents & Caregivers

How might a child or youth victims be affected?
Being victimized can shatter a young person’s view of the world as a safe place. Children and youth may be affected by crime in many ways, emotionally and physically.
At different development stages, children may express their emotions differently.
Responses may include: withdrawing, having stomach aches, sleep disruptions, being more clingy, or exhibiting anxiety and depression. They might deny there is anything wrong. You may also see changes in their behaviors, and “acting out” when they find it hard to express their feelings.

Parents and family can also be affected by a crime
It is important that families get the support they need. If you are affected by a crime, even if not directly, you can access the support of the Caribou Child & Youth Centre.
Parents, caregivers, and other family members can also experience significant emotions. These can include ANGER, shock, disbelief, shame, blame and fear of further harm. Siblings might be confused or become overprotective.

How can you support a child who has been a victim of a crime?
Parents and caregivers can be a great source of support to their child after a crime.
• Assure your child that he or she did the right thing in telling someone.
• React calmly.
• Let your child know that you are there to listen.
• Reassure your child that what happened is not his or her fault.
• Accept that your child may “act out” but set limits.
• Understand your own feelings and take care of yourself.
• Discuss with your child any steps to take.
• Watch for signs that your child needs additional support or help.
• The journey may be long - Seek supports for your child and yourself.