Coming together for our kids
The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre demonstrates every day what’s possible when professionals, corporate champions, community members and government work together to support children, youth and families impacted by child physical and sexual abuse, and to put an end to abuse.
This groundbreaking not-for-profit Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, brings together more than 95 professionals from six partner organizations to wrap services around children, youth and families. It blends investigation, treatment, prevention, education and research with expertise to help people through an exceptionally difficult time — providing integrated services at one place so healing can begin and lives can move forward.
Our vision is to create a community that responds collectively to child abuse, and empowers those who are impacted by abuse to lead healthy and productive lives.
We do things differently so that we can make a profound difference. We are pioneering new ways to work together and in doing so are setting a new standard and strengthening our collective ability to help children, youth and families live healthy and productive lives.
Our goal is to develop an integrated model that provides the very best services to children, youth and families impacted by abuse. Our aim is to become a Centre of Excellence specializing in leading practices, training, community awareness, education and research focused on child abuse, known across Canada and around the world for the work we do and impact we have.
We are moving forward to the day when:
- the issue of child abuse no longer hides in the shadows
- our entire community owns the responsibility to value and look out for our children and youth
- all perpetrators are brought to justice
- children, youth and families have access to all the support they require, in the way that best meets their needs
Our roadmap for the future is Moving Forward: Strategic Directions 2013–2016, which outlines our prime areas of focus: preventing abuse, supporting victims, championing best practices, respecting diversity and establishing a Centre of Excellence.
The Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre opened in February 2013 in northwest Calgary with four founding partners — Calgary Police Service, Calgary Region, Child and Family Services, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Justice Calgary Crown Prosecutors’ Office — on site.
The Centre was made possible, in large part, because of a wide community of support, including many individuals, corporate champions, government and partners.
On April 11, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited the Centre and recognized the passion and commitment of international child advocate Sheldon Kennedy by renaming the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre.
The Centre celebrated its official launch on May 23, 2013. Today it is considered the largest and most comprehensive Child Advocacy Centre in Canada.
In Spring 2014, the RCMP and Alberta Education joined the Centre.
To create a community that collectively responds to child abuse and empowers those impacted by child abuse to be healthy and happy in their lives.