A PROJECT which is designed to help children avoid becoming victims of crime has been launched in Huddersfield.
The Young People's Empowerment Project, managed by Victim Support Kirklees and paid for by Children's Fund Kirklees, is to examine the effects of crime on 10 to 13-year-olds and provide them with support.
The project involves visiting schools in Newsome and Thornhill at Dewsbury to ask children their opinions about crime and victimisation.
It also aims to develop a junior support network for young victims of crime.
The project was launched in response to a Crimestoppers survey published in 2002.
It showed that in Kirklees there was a steep progression of victimisation from 11 years old which peaked at 14.
The survey also found that, across the UK, 42% of children worry about crime.
Project development officer Paula Noble said: "Our project responds to the increase in child victimisation within this age group.
"It aims to prevent youngsters from becoming victims."