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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
News Release - Winnipeg Police Service
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Winnipeg Police Service and the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (Canadian Centre) with funding provided by the Winnipeg Foundation are working together to provide free online child sexual abuse awareness training for individuals who are completing criminal record checks.
This online training is part of the Canadian Centre's Commit to Kids, a step-by-step program to help child-serving organizations create a safer environment for the kids in their care. It is essential for those working with children in a volunteer or professional capacity.
"We know that one in 10 children will be sexually abused before they turn 18[i], and in the majority of cases, the victims know their offenders[ii]," said Noni Classen, Director of Education at the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. "Its important that adults working with children understand the issues surrounding child sexual abuse, in order to help safeguard kids."
In less than two hours, users will learn about child sexual abuse, the grooming process, professional boundaries, child disclosure and reporting building their capacity to help keep kids safe.Those who take the training after getting a Winnipeg Police Service Criminal Record Check can receive the training FREE until March 31, 2019.
"The more training that agencies can provide so that children are kept safe will go a long way in creating a healthier environment for our kids. The Winnipeg Police Service is proud to be involved with our partners to make that happen," said Winnipeg Police Service Inspector Kelly Dennison.
More than 11,000 people across Canada have completed this online training since it launched last summer, helping make the world a safer plafe for children. To learn more about the training, go to www.protectchildren.ca/wpsfreetraining
[i]MacMillan, H., Tanaka, M., Duku, E., Vaillancourt, T., Boyle, M. 2013. « Child physical and sexual abuse in a community sample of young adults: Results from the Ontario Child Health Study." Child Abuse and Neglect, 37, 14-21.
[ii]Ogrodnik, L. 2010. "Child and youth victims of police-reported violent crime, 2008." Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/85f0033m/85f0033m2010023-eng.pdf.
For further information contact either: Constable Rob Carver, Public Information Officer Constable Jay Murray, Public Information Officer Constable Tammy Skrabek, Public Information Officer Kelly Dehn, Manager of Public Affairs